Sheriff's Office identifies man shot, killed by St. Clair Shores police

Police say K-9 officer was shot, killed by suspect before officers returned fire

Theoddeus Gray (WDIV)
Theoddeus Gray (WDIV)

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. – The Macomb County Sheriff's Office has released the identity of a man who was shot and killed Sunday night by police in St. Clair Shores. 

The man has been identified as 29-year-old Theoddeus Gray, of Detroit. Police said Gray shot and killed a K-9 officer who was tracking him down outside a banquet hall. 

It all started when police were called to the Lakeland Manor banquet hall on Harper Avenue about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Witnesses said they saw a man standing outside armed with a gun. When officers arrived, the man ignored police commands and ran. Axe, a K-9 officer with the St. Clair Shores Police Department, was sent after the suspect. 

Moments later, the suspect allegedly shot and killed Axe. Police officers returned fire. 

Axe, a St. Clair Shores K-9 unit, was shot and killed on Nov. 4, 2018. (WDIV)

When the shooting happened there were about 70 people inside the banquet hall for a baby shower. Nobody inside was injured. 

The gunman was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Axe was rushed to an animal hospital, but his injuries were too severe. He died. 

Macomb County Sheriff's Office is handling the shooting investigation. 

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