Suspect fatally shot by cop was Trenton High teen
Trenton — Police have confirmed that an 18-year-old, who was shot after he allegedly attacked and wounded an officer with a lawnmower blade Thursday, died Friday morning.
Kyle Baker was a senior at Trenton High School and was due to graduate in June, according to Superintendent Rodney Wakeham.
“This has been a very sad and unfortunate incident,” Wakeham said. “We obviously became aware of it Thursday night and on Friday we have a crisis team together to help our students. Advisers and counselors will be available to students for as long as necessary to help them get through this difficult period.”
According to police, the incident began at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday when they were called to a home in the 2800 block of Longmeadow Drive.
“We receive a report about a man who was highly agitated and under the influence,” Sgt. Tim Fox said. “He attacked the officers with a sharp-edged weapon, wounding one in the hand. The officers first used a Taser and then fired a single shot, striking the suspect. Unfortunately, the individual has died.”
The wounded officer was treated at a local hospital and was later released. The officer is expected to make a full recovery.
Wakeham said about 970 students attend Trenton High School and that he had no previous contact with Baker during his 2 1/2 years as superintendent. Wakeham declined to say if Baker had any siblings at the school or if he had ever been in any sort of trouble.
The body has been turned over to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy, which is slated to be conducted on Saturday.
The incident will now be investigated by the Michigan State Police.