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Troy Police Officer Cleared After Investigation Of Fatal Shooting

Authorities say the officer was acting in self-defense when he fired five shots

June 25, 2018 - 6:16 pm

TROY (WWJ) -- A Troy police officer will not face charges after the fatal shooting of a resident back in April, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office announced Monday following an investigation. 

Authorities say the officer was acting in self-defense when he fired five shots at 23-year-old Robert Issa on April 9.

They had been called to the home on Saddle Brook Court -- near John R and Long Lake -- for a bipolar episode. Police say they had been called to the residence multiple times in the past and had taken him to a mental health facility rather than arresting him.

But on April 9, police say they got a call from the victim's brother that Issa had not been taking his prescribed medication and that he "believed President Trump was coming to get him."

Issa came out of the house armed with two kitchen knives. The officers attempted to talk with him, but Issa continued to charge toward officers. That's when the officer fired a taser, which did not work. He then turned to his on-duty firearm and shot the victim five times.

The crime scene was processed by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Laboratory Crime Scene Unit and an autopsy was performed by the Oakland County Medical Examiner. Marijuana was the only substance found in the suspect’s toxicology report.

After the investigation was completed by SIU, it was sent to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office for review and it announced Monday that the shooring was a "lawful use of force and was in defense of the officer and their fellow officers on the scene."

“We are grateful to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office for their thorough and professional investigation in this matter,” Troy Police Chief Gary Mayer said in a press release. “The loss of life is tragic and has certainly had a profound impact on the family, our department, and our community.

"With this announcement, our department takes a step forward in this somber process and we pledge to continue to provide the high-level of police service the community expects and deserves," Mayer said.