Crime spree suspect found dead in Detroit ID'd
A violent crime spree that spanned nearly 20 miles through several Metro Detroit communities and injured two people ended early Wednesday with the death of the suspect, Michigan State Police said.
Police said Allan Farris, 56, led a 10-hour ordeal Tuesday night that included two carjackings, two shootings, two attempted carjackings and shots fired at officers.
The incident began 9 p.m. Tuesday, when police received reports of an attempted carjacking and shooting near the Salvation Army store at Joy and Morton Taylor Roads in Canton Township.
A woman was wounded and hospitalized Wednesday night in good condition, state police said in a statement.
Within 15 minutes, authorities learned of an attempted home invasion, carjacking and shots fired in the township, state police said. A female victim in that incident was hospitalized in good condition.
Police tracked the suspect, who was in a stolen vehicle, to Northville Township, where he allegedly refused to stop, crashed and fled on foot.
As officers combed the area for him, residents in multiple areas were advised to shelter in place.
The suspect soon struck again overnight, allegedly carjacking and kidnapping a woman in the township.
From there, the female victim was dropped off in Highland Park.
Police said Farris didn’t appear again until about 3:30 a.m. The suspect attempted to carjck one of the undercover troopers in the area.The pair exchanged gunfire, but it wasn’t clear if any shots struck the suspect. The trooper was not hit, state police said. The suspect then fled into a Detroit, where troopers tracked him to the area of Roseberry and Wilfred.
Police later said officers spotted Farris hiding behind a garage near Bradford and Flanders.
They tried using non-lethal force to take him into custody, but Farris allegedly fired at the officers, MSP reported.
Just after 7 a.m., in an alley off Gratiot, a state trooper warned, several times, “State police: Show me your hands now!”
Several more shots were then heard.
The MSP officers involved in the shootings were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, according to the agency.