Chief: Man Shot And Killed During Struggle With Detroit Police [VIDEO]

WWJ News
July 10, 2020 - 7:32 pm

(WWJ) A young man who allegedly struggled with and fired shots at Detroit police was shot and killed by officers on Friday.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig says the shooting happened on San Juan Street near McNichols on the city's northwest side, at around 12:30 p.m. 

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Police officers, who were investigating a weekend block party shooting that left three people dead and five wounded, were arresting a man with a felony warrant when another man approached.  

Craig said video shows there was a struggle between an officer and the second man, identified as Hakim Littleton, who it turned out was armed. 

According to officers, Littleton said something to the effect of: I'm not going to let them take my man. 

"(The suspect) then removed a small caliber, .22 caliber blue steel semi-automatic pistol and began to fire a number of rounds at the officer over his shoulder," Craig told reporters. "As that was occurring the officer pushed him away, and that's when the additional officers, fearing for their life — the fact that he was actively shooting — they fired several rounds, striking the suspect." 

Littleton was pronounced dead at a local hospital. No officers were shot. 

The weapon allegedly used by the suspect, along with several bullet casings were recovered at the scene. 

Chief Craig said there is some "gang involvement" regarding all of the suspects involved. 

"We’re still very early in this investigation ... Based on what I know right now, this suspect was unprovoked and just fired on the officers," Craig added. 

Speaking to WWJ's Jon Hewett and other reporters, a man who identified himself as Littleton's uncle was irate.

Asar Amenra said his nephew was only 20 years old, and was not in a gang. He said he wanted to hear from anyone besides police who saw what happened. 

"This has to stop! He was raised to do the right thing. Police think they can do whatever the hell they want, and I'm telling you all we can't allow it no more," Amenra said. "And I ain't talking about ain't no time for no peace no more! It's time for self defense! We have a right to defend our lives, and we should do that."

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While police remained on the scene investigating, some in a growing crowd chanted: "Hands up, don't shoot!" 

Eventually, around 300 protesters gathered at the site, and police released tear gas to push the protesters back. Craig said rocks, bottles and other projectiles were thrown at officers, who were deployed in riot gear. The growing group then took off on a march, making their way to the area of Detroit's 12th Precinct on 7 Mile Rd. near Woodward Ave, 

Later in the evening, Craig showed reporters a photo of the handgun he alleges Littleton fired at officers. Craig also released police body camera and dash camera video of the incident, which he says shows Littleton drawing and firing the weapon.