Suspect killed by Shelby Twp. police identified

James David Dickson
The Detroit News
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Shelby Township — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fatal shooting of a suspect by a Shelby Township police officer and said Monday the deceased suspect has been identified as Kanwarbir Malhi, 25, of Shelby Township.

Malhi had stolen a vehicle belonging to his parents, and that theft led to him being pulled over, police said Monday.

Malhi was pulled over about 1 a.m. Saturday when at Spring Hill Apartments when an officer spotted the 2005 Honda reported stolen the previous afternoon, by Malhi’s parents, said Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide at a press conference Monday at the station.

While Shelide said the incident was captured from “four different angles” via dash cam, none of that footage was aired Monday. Shelby Township handed off the investigation to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, who could not immediately be reached.

Officers issued verbal commands to Malhi, which Shelide says were ignored. Then, without being told by police, the suspect allegedly exited the Honda.

His “furtive movements,” along with telling the police he had a weapon, were followed by a single gunshot from a 17-year veteran of the force. Malhi was transported to Troy Beaumont Hospital for treatment where he died.

“In my experience, when someone tells you who they are, and what they’re about, you listen,” said Chief Shelide. “It’s a dark parking lot, in the middle of the night.”

Just the same, the officer who fired the fatal shot is on leave and will be until the investigation is complete. This means a department of 69 sworn officers could be down one for months.

Deputy Chief Mark Coil said: "It's a tragic situation."  In an ideal situation, he said, the suspect would have complied with police demands, been taken peacefully into custody, and given the help he needs.

When pulled over by police, Coil said, “it’s not the time to disobey commands.”

The officer on leave is “doing as well as he can be, under the circumstances,” Shelide said.

No weapon was immediately recovered from Malhi, but Shelide was careful not to say that there was no gun. The case had been turned over to the sheriff’s office before police could search the Honda, he said.