Dearborn — Dearborn police say an officer involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Detroit man has been placed on administrative leave.

The department said Wednesday in a release it is cooperating with Detroit police and remains “dedicated to maintaining transparency throughout the investigation” into 35-year-old Kevin Matthews’ death.

Matthews was shot multiple times Dec. 23. Police have said he struggled with the Dearborn officer after a foot chase from that city into a nearby Detroit backyard.

Police also have said Matthews was involved in an earlier larceny in Dearborn and was wanted by another police agency on a misdemeanor warrant.

The Dearborn officer’s name has not been released. A police watchdog group has called for the officer’s suspension.

Detroit police and the state police are investigating the shooting.

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