Inkster — A homicide suspect was fatally shot by an Inkster officer after a confrontation Thursday in a city neighborhood, Michigan State Police said.
Police in the Wayne County community received a 911 call at about 5 p.m. from a witness who reported a slaying behind a home on Frederick Court, said MSP First Lt. Mike Shaw. The victim was identified as an adult male but investigators did not release other details.
Inkster officers and state troopers sought the suspect. Minutes later, an Inkster officer combing the area near Colgate and Wellington, about a block from Frederick Court, spotted a man walking who matched the suspect’s description, Shaw said.
The officer tried to stop him, but the man “pulled out a weapon and fired,” Shaw told reporters. “An officer returned fire, shooting and killing the suspect.”
The suspect’s handgun was recovered at the scene. Authorities did not release his name or age, identifying him only as an adult male.
He is believed to be the only suspect in the death reported on Frederick, and detectives are working to learn the relationship between him and the victim, Shaw said. “Right now we’re at the beginning of this investigation.”
The officer who shot him was being interviewed at the Inkster Police Department late Thursday. Shaw referred questions to city investigators, who did not immediately return phone calls.
MSP is expected to investigate the incident and present findings to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.
As police cruisers and officers remained at the second shooting scene, MSP’s 911 center and Inkster police received several threats over the slaying they believed involved an unarmed man, Shaw said.
A man who has lived in the neighborhood for about two years and often saw the homicide suspect there said the area has been prone to break-ins and other crimes.
“It’s always something going on over here,” he said.