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Suspect Arrested in Shooting of Trans Woman in Detroit

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Charges against Deonton A. Rogers include assault and intimidation based on gender.

Police have arrested a suspect in an attack on a transgender woman at a Detroit gas station last Monday.

Deonton A. Rogers, 29, was arraigned Saturday on charges of firearm discharge causing a serious injury, felonious assault, possession of a firearm by a felon, child abuse in the fourth degree, and ethnic intimidation based on gender, The Detroit News reports. His bond was set at $2 million.

Police and prosecutors say Rogers approached the 29-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, at a Mobil gas station on Detroit's west side Monday evening, in an incident caught on surveillance video. He "made a lewd remark to her," the News reports. When she told him she was transgender, they argued, and the suspect pulled a gun. They struggled over the weapon, and she was shot in the shoulder, according to police. She is expected to recover.

Rogers fled in his vehicle, leaving a companion at the gas station, but with a child in the back of the vehicle. The child was found unharmed.

"Great work by our team, particularly our 12th precinct special operations ... who relentlessly follow up on tips we were getting from the community," Detroit Police Chief James Craig told the News. "That suspect has been taken into custody without incident."

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