Detroit police say one man is dead after a shootout between a Rosedale Park homeowner and suspected home invaders.
“Family members and the homeowner were in the basement playing video games when they heard noise upstairs and footsteps inside of the home,” said Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody, Detroit Police.
Police said two men broke into a home, with a third waiting in a getaway car. The duo tried to escape when they were confronted by the family in the home, on the 15000 block of Glastonbury Ave.
“There were shots fired in the home before the two suspects busted through the front door,” said Sgt. Woody. “That’s when the two suspects fired shots at the homeowner from outside, the homeowner returned fire striking the driver in the car.”
The two got away but the getaway driver was fatally hit, causing the car to crash into a neighboring home and injure a 29-year-old woman.
“I heard the crash and ran downstairs immediately,” said Raymond Bradley, father of the crash victim. “I saw the damage and saw my daughter pinned in the bathroom she just kept saying ‘don’t leave me, don’t leave me’ and I told her ‘I’m right here with you.’”
The woman was taken to Saini Grace Hospital and treated for minor injuries. She has returned home.
Police may be aided in their investigation by home surveillance cameras aimed at the front door. The two suspects remain at-large. They should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.
In addition to apprehending the robbery suspects, Detroit Police and prosecutors must also determine if the shooting of the driver was justified.
“You have the right to defend your home, property and your life and obviously this is another one of those instances, but there has to be that threat to your life included in the facts for it to be justified,” said Sgt. Woody.
If you have any information on the case, please contact the Detroit Police 313-267-4600.