Protesters, family weigh in on shooting death

George Hunter
The Detroit News

DetroitAs several dozen people protested peacefully Tuesday outside the house where Terrance Kellom was fatally shot by a federal officer, the victim's relatives were inside, offering mixed reactions about police — and a different version of what happened.

"It was my nephew who was shot, but I'm telling you all police are not bad," said Shannon Sailes, 48. "The police can't win; if they're here, people say they're the bad guy, and if they don't show up, people say they're the bad guy.

"I'm upset about what happened, but let's have an investigation and let the police do their jobs."

Terrance Kellom

Kellom's father, however, had a different reaction.

"I can't stand the police," he said. "They assassinated my son, right in front of me. That was an execution, right in my face."

Kellom said his son didn't have a hammer, as police claimed. "My son clenched his fists and said, 'Daddy.' Then he fell to his knees, and they shot him 10 times. He didn't deserve that. There was no hammer. I let them into my house. We were cooperating. They didn't need to shoot my son."

Protesters sometimes shouted, but the gathering outside the home in the 9500 block of Evergreen was peaceful.

Kevin Kellom, father of Terrance Kellom, speaks Tuesday evening near the corner of West Chicago and Evergreen about the death of 19-year-old Terrence Kellom.

"We haven't had one bottle thrown," said Bobbie Davis of the Franklin Park Neighborhood Association. "We're standing behind DPD. We have some good police officers here. We're not going to burn down our city; we're going to build up our city. We're going to show we're not savages.

"But we're going to demand answers," Davis said. "Let things be handled by the Justice Department."