Parole absconder fatally shot by police during chase

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Bloomfield Township — A two-county chase by three police departments ended in the shooting death of a parole absconder who fired on police early Thursday.

According to police, the man has been identified as Deviere Ernel Ransom, 24, of Detroit.

The incident reportedly began at about midnight near 12 Mile and Mound when Warren police began pursuing Ransom, who was wanted for violating his parole and for making threats with a firearm.

The chase moved from Macomb to Oakland counties, where Troy police attempted to stop the suspect on Interstate 75, but the unidentified felon shot at the officers, hitting a patrol car.

The chase then continued on northbound I-75 where police from Bloomfield Hills joined in the pursuit.

According to reports, Ransom allegedly crashed into a privately owned vehicle at Woodward and Square Lake Road and then ran from his abandoned vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle was injured but is expected to recover.

Officers chased Ransom on foot, but at one point, he pointed a gun at officers, police said, who shot and killed him. No officers were injured.

According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, Ransom was on parole for a conviction of assault by strangulation or suffocation in 2013.

The fatal shooting incident is under investigation.

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Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed.