Man fatally shot after trying to grab Detroit officer's gun during scuffle, police say

Man fled from police during traffic stop, crashed into utility pole, police say

By Koco McAboy - Reporter , Derick Hutchinson

DETROIT - A man who police say is around 25 years old was shot and killed by an officer Monday after police said he tried to grab the officer's gun.

The shooting happened at the intersection of Otsego and Webb streets near I-96 and the Davison on Detroit's west side.

"We're very early in this investigation," Detroit police Chief James Craig said.

Officers said they saw the man driving a green Pontiac Bonneville at a high speed on Broad Street and attempted to pull him over.

"They initiated contact, turned on their emergency lights for a traffic stop," Craig said. "In doing so, the suspect took off at a high rate of speed."

Police said the man crashed into a utility pole, got out of his car and started running.

"One of the officers in the patrol vehicle ensued on foot," Craig said.

Craig said the chase lasted around a quarter-mile, until the man and the officer got to a vacant, abandoned home near Webb Street. Police said a struggle took place at the home.

"The officer was giving the suspect direction to get down so he could prepare to handcuff the suspect," Craig said. "The suspect lunged in the direction of the officer, who we believe he attempted to secure the officer's weapon."

One fatal shot was fired, striking the man in the lower torso. Now officers are working to identify the man as they continue the investigation.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police still aren't sure why he ran away from police during the attempted traffic stop. They're checking to see if there were any warrants out for his arrest.

The officer was not injured in the struggle, police said.

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