Detroit police chief addresses deadly officer-involved shooting

Chief says man was identified as armed carjacking suspect

DETROIT – Detroit Police Chief James Craig held a news conference Wednesday to address an officer's fatal shooting of a 19-year-old following a car and foot chase on Monday. 

Police said the man was fleeing from officers at a high rate of speed Monday afternoon in a stolen green Pontiac sedan and lost control of the vehicle, hitting a utility pole. The man allegedly got out of the vehicle and ran on foot.

Original report: Suspect fatally shot by officer after foot chase, struggle on Detroit's west side

Chief Craig originally said the officer was in the process of handcuffing the man near Otsego and Webb streets when the suspect tried to grab the officer's gun. Police said the officer got into a scuffle with the man and fatally shot him. The officer was not injured. 

The chief said Wednesday that the suspect's vehicle did not hit a pole, as he previously reported, but the vehicle did hit a building and may have struck another occupied vehicle. 

Watch Craig's full news conference above.

"However, that vehicle left the scene before we could do our investigation," said Craig. "After the collision, at different times both officers engaged in a foot pursuit."

Craig said the officer feared for his own safety during a physical altercation with the suspect, and that's why he fired a single shot from his weapon. The officer thought the man was grabbing for a weapon in his waist, the chief said.

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