Police: Accusation sparked fatal shooting in east Detroit

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A man who sought to avenge a friend Tuesday on Detroit's east side was fatally shot in a fight with the person he confronted, police said.

Investigators learned the 28-year-old suspect had been standing outside in the 11000 block of Nottingham at about 5:30 p.m. when the victim called him over from a gray Dodge Charger. When the man approached the car, the victim "allegedly pointed a weapon at the suspect and accused him of robbing an unknown friend," police said in a statement.

Both men struggled over the gun and the victim fired two shots in the suspect’s direction, but none struck him, according to the release.

The 28-year-old disarmed the man in the Dodge, who pulled out a second weapon. When another struggle ensued, the victim was shot twice, police said.

The victim, identified only as a man in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities recovered both of his weapons.

The suspect, who has not been named, was taken to the Detroit Detention Center. Other details were not released Tuesday night.