Driver fatally shot by police in Saginaw Twp.
Police say an officer fatally shot a man during an altercation in Saginaw Township following a traffic stop, and that a second officer was shot in the arm during the incident.
Saginaw Township police Chief Don Pussehl said the man was pulled over Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving. Pussehl said officers were trying to adjust the man’s handcuffs when he attacked at least one of them. One officer then opened fire.
Pussehl said it’s unclear who shot the officer or whether the motorist had a gun in the incident reported at about 1:30 p.m. near West Michigan and Leo, Michigan State Police Sgt. Duane Zook said.
The driver, whom investigators identified as Farhad Jabbari, 38, of Saginaw, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The officer shot in the arm has served on the township force for more than 12 years, while the other — who has about a decade of law enforcement experience — sustained facial and eye injuries. Their names haven’t been released.
The officer who was shot is expected to recover, Pussehl said. He remained hospitalized late Wednesday; the other officer had been released, Zook said.
Relatives of Jabbari could not be reached Wednesday.
Michigan State Police has taken over the investigation at the Saginaw Township police chief’s request, Zook said.
The agency’s probe could be lengthy, he added. “It’s going to be an extended period of time for everything to be completed, given the magnitude of the incident and the resources pulled in.”
The shooting comes amid renewed interest and controversy over deadly encounters with law enforcement.
There has been international outcry over an Australian woman who called 911 last week to report a possible sexual assault but was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer.
The FBI’s Indianapolis office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are conducting a civil rights investigation into the June shooting death of an unarmed black driver.
Also recently, a Minnesota police officer was acquitted in the 2016 fatal shooting of black motorist Philando Castile, a death that sparked protests across the country.
According to figures The Washington Post compiled through this week, there were more than 545 people fatally shot by police officers nationwide in 2017. The publication reported there were 963 in 2016, and 991 in 2015.