Chief: Detroit Police Officer Shoots, Kills Armed Suspect After East Side Chase

WWJ News
July 23, 2020 - 8:22 pm

(WWJ) A Detroit police officer shot and killed a suspect Thursday, on the city's east side.

Police Chief James Craig says a trio of suspects in the shooting of four teens at a party last Sunday led police on a chase, before crashing into a pole at McKinney and Whittier.

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All three suspects jumped out of the disabled vehicle and tried to run away, Craig told reporters as a press briefing. 

"One suspect got out, and as he was being approached he had a gun in his hand," the chief said. "And the officer, fearing for his life, fired one time, striking the suspect."

Craig said the wounded suspect was taken to a hospital where he died. His name and age were not immediately released. 

The two other suspects were arrested. 

No police officers were hurt. 

Craig said the investigation was ongoing Thursday night. 

"We're in the process of going through in car video, body-worn cameras," the chief said. "That process is going on as we speak."

Craig said it was an investigation by the DPD's Gang Intelligence Unit that led police to the shooting suspects on Thursday. Meanwhile, the chief said two of the teens who were shot last weekend are in "grave" condition, and "may not make it. Two others are critical condition. 

The chief says some of the suspects may have been involved in other shootings, including one in Eastpointe. That is still under investigation. 

This latest police shooting comes two weeks after DPD officers fatally shot a 20-year-old man while investigating a shooting on the city's northwest side. After the incident initially sparked a protest, Craig quickly released video showing the young man firing on police. 

According to DPD policy, the officers involved in any shooting will be placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated.