A wanted bank robber who allegedly lunged at officers with a knife was killed by police in a Detroit motel Wednesday — 10 years after officers shot him as he leveled a shotgun at them.
The man, identified by police as Bradley Carey, was paroled from state prison July 12 after serving nine years for robbing a Farmington Hills LaSalle Bank in 2006.
After Carey violated parole, officers from the SONIC — South Oakland Narcotics Intelligence Consortium — task force, along with the Michigan Department of Corrections, served an arrest warrant at the Victory Inn & Suites in the 1770 block of Telegraph in Detroit, said Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus.
In addition to his parole violation, Carey, 54, also was suspected in a bank robbery Tuesday at a Bank of America on Middle Belt, Nebus said.
Nebus added police hadn’t yet submitted a warrant for Carey’s arrest in the bank robbery case, although he said surveillance camera footage and tips from the community led investigators to believe he was the culprit.
At about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the task force, consisting of officers from Farmington Hills police, West Bloomfield police, and Corrections, announced their presence at Carey’s motel door, but he refused to answer, Nebus said.
Police forced entry, and Carey allegedly lunged at them with a “large knife,” Nebus said. A West Bloomfield police officer shot Carey in the chest, and a Corrections officer shot him in the shoulder. Carey was taken to an area hospital and declared dead on arrival, police said.
Detroit homicide detectives are investigating the case, but have not yet interviewed the officers involved, said Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody.
“Because it happened in Detroit, it’s our investigation,” Woody said.
Wednesday’s incident was the second time Carey was shot by police while wanted for a bank robbery.
According to Oakland County court documents, on July 11, 2006, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Narcotics Enforcement Team, a task force made up of police from multiple jurisdictions, served a warrant on Carey’s Bloomfield Township apartment.
Police wanted Carey in connection with the January 2006 LaSalle Bank robbery. The officers also were looking for firearms or narcotics, according to court records.
Officers said they identified themselves and entered the apartment, and that Carey reached behind his couch for a shotgun, dashed into his kitchen and leveled it at the cops, court documents show.
One of the officers fired six shots through a partition, hitting Carey four times: Twice each in the stomach and arm. Police found a bottle of pills in the pocket of his Burger King uniform.
Carey was arrested and charged with felonious assault. His attorney claimed he’d aimed the shotgun at officers in self-defense, thinking they were burglars. But he was convicted in April 2007 and sentenced to 23 months to 4 years.
Prosecutors also charged Carey with the LaSalle Bank robbery, and he was convicted in April 2007 and sentenced to 10 to 20 years.