Officer kills suspect who fled, fatally struck bystander, Detroit police say

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A man died Friday night in a shooting by a Detroit officer after fleeing police and slamming into a vehicle on the city's east side, killing a woman inside, investigators said.

Police Chief James White told reporters the man had a three-year history of domestic violence involving a woman.

The man allegedly shot up a vehicle at the woman's house around 4:45 p.m., left, returned around 8:22 p.m., threatened the woman again, then left, the chief said.

Sometime after 9 p.m., the man re-emerged and "commits a home invasion while he's kicking in the front door," White said. "The officers are in the area based on the earlier runs. They see him, he sees them and he flees from the location."

The officers pursued the man but he allegedly drove away at "a very, very high rate of speed," White said.

The man reached an area near Warren Avenue, where he allegedly struck a cab with a woman inside, the chief said. She was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. The cab driver survived, White said.

"At some point the officers and the suspect,engage. Shots are fired by the officer," fatally wounding the man, White said.

The chief said it was not clear if the man had been armed and fired at officers before he was shot.

White said an outside agency was expected to review the incident. He said his team would be working throughout the night to piece together what happened.

Officers blocked off the intersection of East Warren and Springle near the scene into the early morning hours as they investigated.