Man fatally shot by Royal Oak police officer; why officer fired at driver remains unclear

Shooting under investigation by Sheriff

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – It all started about 6 p.m. Tuesday when Royal Oak police tried to stop a BMW on Woodward Avenue near 13 Mile Road. 

Police said the driver did stop at first, but then took off. Police caught up with him at a White Castle drive-thru in the area of 13 Mile Road and Coolidge Highway.

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"He was stopped and then he fled from the officer and he went actually through that White Castle parking lot, too," said Royal Oak Police Chief Corey O'Donohue. "Then the officer lost him in traffic after that."

A man was fatally shot by Royal Oak police outside a White Castle on April 10, 2018. (WDIV)

The chief said the driver then returned to the fast-food restaurant 15 minutes later. 

"Fifteen minutes later, (he) got in line and was picking up food at the drive-thru," said O'Donohue. 

The officer exited his vehicle with his gun drawn. 

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