Troy police fatally shoot man armed with knives

James David Dickson
The Detroit News
Troy Police were involved in a shooting Monday, April 9, in the 4900 block of Saddle Brook Ct.

A 23-year-old man, who police say was armed with multiple knives, was shot to death on Monday by an officer who fired four or five times, police said. 

It was the first officer-involved shooting in Troy in more than two decades.

Police responded to the 4900 block of Saddle Brook Court, off East Long Lake, just before 7:25 a.m., said Lt. Josh Jones, a Troy Police Department spokesman. 

Police said the family called 911 after the man was being “assaultive."

Jones said that a marked police car arrived at the scene, followed by an unmarked car.

By the time police arrived, the man’s family had locked themselves in bedrooms to keep themselves safe. They told police he was “screaming, being violent, and hitting family members,” according to a Troy Police Department update.

Monday was the fourth 911 run to that home since July 2017, police said.

Pending notifications of next-of-kin, Troy police expect to release the man’s name later Monday. 

None of the man’s family members were seriously hurt, Jones said in a briefing at the police department. Family members report that the suspect had mental health issues. 

The suspect, upon seeing the police car, ran right at it, Jones said. An officer in the unmarked car turned on lights and sirens to distract the suspect. At that point, the suspect tried to get into the unmarked car, but failed because it was locked. 

The suspect then headed back toward the marked car. An officer deployed a Taser, but it had no effect. 

“Tasers, they don’t always work,” Jones said. “That’s why it’s important for officers to have multiple tools to address threats.”

The suspect continued behaving aggressively and was shot multiple times, police said.  Medics transported him from the scene to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A woman who was hurt in the incident was treated by medics.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting, Jones said.

Staff writer Neal Rubin contributed