Lansing chief defends cops in fatal shooting of man

Associated Press

Lansing — The police chief in Lansing is defending his officers in the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old man who was killed after a two-hour standoff, a house fire and an exchange of gunfire.

Chief Mike Yankowski says, “We have a justified police shooting at this time.”

The victim was identified as Terrozza Griffin of Lansing, who was suspected of a home invasion Thursday night. After two hours, officers noticed a fire and entered the home but were met with gunfire.

Yankowski says Griffin was shot after he challenged officers with a gun. State police will investigate the shooting.

Twelve Lansing officers have been placed on administrative leave. Yankowski says all played a different role in the incident. He spoke to reporters Friday.

Officers responded to a call about someone inside a house. Police used a phone and other means to talk to Griffin, Yankowski said.

The owner of the home told police that Griffin had no reason to be there “at that point in time,” Yankowski said.

No officers were injured.