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Detroit cop fatally shoots man after struggle

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A male suspect was fatally shot Monday afternoon after a brief struggle with a Detroit Police officer.

The incident occurred around 1:25 p.m. in the 4200 block of Webb near Otsego on the city’s west side, police said.

Officers on patrol saw a green Pontiac Bonneville traveling at a high rate of speed and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, Police Chief James Craig said at the scene.

The suspect drove off and struck a nearby utility pole. The suspect got out of the vehicle and led one of the officers chasing him on foot behind a vacant house a quarter-mile away, Craig said.

“As the officer was giving the suspect direction to get down to handcuff the suspect, the suspect lunged in the direction of the officer,” he said. “What we believe is he attempted to secure the officer’s weapon.”

During a brief struggle, one shot was fired, striking the suspect in the lower torso. The suspect was pronounced dead by medics at the scene. The officer was not injured, Craig said.

Officers remained on the scene Monday afternoon and patrol cars were stationed at each end of the block comprised of mostly — if not all — abandoned brick houses.

Police are working to identify the suspect. The vehicle has not been reported stolen, police said, however the vehicle’s registrant information does not match the description of suspect.

cwilliams@detroitnews.com

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