Royal Oak cop cleared in fatal shooting of 20-year-old man

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News
Cody Reynolds

Royal Oak – A Royal Oak police officer acted in self-defense when he fatally shot a 20-year-old man who had attacked his parents, authorities said Thursday.

The May 14 incident involving Officer Ryan Addis was a justifiable homicide, according to police and the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office. Cody Reynolds was shot after stabbing his mother and hitting his father with a guitar, according to authorities.

“The events that occurred on May 14 can only be described as heartbreaking,” said Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Reynolds family.”

Police were dispatched to the Reynolds home in the 1000 block of Hoffman at 3:11 a.m. May 14 after a caller reported Reynolds had stabbed his mother in the home and attacked his father by hitting him over the head with a guitar.

Reynolds was confronted by police as he was walking away from the home. Police said Reynolds initially complied with instructions to stop, got down on his knees and put his hands to his head. He told police he had just stabbed his mother, got up cursing and rushed at Addis.

Five gunshots were fired in the incident and Reynolds was given CPR and then taken to an hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy determined Reynolds had been shot four times and had ingested hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms.

Reynolds parents were treated for minor injuries at the hospital and a knife was found in the home. They said their son, who had a history of depression and attempted suicide, had appeared to be under the influence of some drug.

The parents said he was acting “bizarre” and “psychotic” and mumbling before he attacked his father after he was told to go to bed. Reynolds then went into the kitchen and stabbed his mother in the chest with a knife.

His mother called 911 while Reynolds’ father searched for him in the back yard.

Addis, a four-year veteran of the Royal Oak department, was not injured. He had been placed administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Police officers have the right to use deadly force if they believe their safety or that of someone else is threatened.

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