DETROIT -

A coalition of civil rights groups has sent a letter to the U.S. Justice Department requesting a probe into the fatal shooting of a Detroit imam by federal agents.

The letter was sent Monday evening by groups including the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Michigan chapter, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice.

The coalition seeks to know whether excessive force was used during an FBI raid last month in suburban Dearborn in which Imam Luqman Abdullah was killed.

The FBI said Abdullah, 53, was fatally shot inside a suburban warehouse after firing at agents and resisting arrest. Agents wanted him on charges of weapons violations and conspiracy to sell stolen goods, one of 11 people named in a criminal complaint.

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The Dearborn Police Department is investigating. Abdullah's mosque says FBI allegations he endorsed violence against the government are "utterly preposterous."

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