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Police: Uber driver dies after he’s shot on west side

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit police have detained a “person of interest” in connection with the fatal shooting of an Uber driver last weekend on the city’s west side.

Police said Tuesday night they were questioning someone about the shooting, but withheld the person’s name.

The 50-year-old Uber driver from Detroit was discovered around 12:15 a.m. Saturday by police responding to an accident report on the 5500 block of Pacific Avenue near Livernois Avenue and Joy Road, Sgt. Michael Woody said. The victim was seated inside a 2010 Lincoln Navigator.

Officials initially thought the man was critically injured in an automobile accident.

“It wasn’t until the medics conveyed the man to the Henry Ford Hospital that it was discovered that he was shot twice,” Woody said. “The investigation then turned into a nonfatal shooting investigation out of that local precinct.”

But the man died of his injuries Sunday, Woody said.

“Then it turned into a homicide investigation,” he said.

The motive and circumstances surrounding the shooting remains unclear, Woody said.

Uber released a statement Tuesday confirming the victim drove for Uber.

“We were greatly saddened today to learn of the tragic death of one of our driver-partners,” the company said in the statement.

“His wife, children and family are in our prayers and hearts during this unimaginably difficult time. We’ve been in contact with local police to offer our assistance as they work to bring the perpetrator to justice.”


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