Lansing officer has immunity in fatal shooting of teen

Ed White
Associated Press

Detroit — A Lansing police officer can’t be sued for killing a teenager who was shot in the head while on her knees after already being shot in the stomach.

An appeals court calls the 2011 death of 17-year-old Derrinesha Clay a tragedy but says “police work is dangerous work.” In a 2-1 decision, the court says Officer Brian Rendon has immunity, reversing a ruling by a federal judge in Grand Rapids.

Clay was killed after officers responded to an after-hours alarm at a Lansing bank. She came out of hiding waving scissors, which were wrested from her. But Clay also drew a steak knife.

Rendon shot Clay in the stomach and then her head.

In dissent Monday, appeals Judge Jane Stranch says there are conflicting stories about Clay’s threat to officers.