Driver charged with second-degree murder after police chase through Southwest Detroit

41-year-old Jackson man fatally shot

Christopher Lee Cavin. (Photo from 2016)
Christopher Lee Cavin. (Photo from 2016)

DETROIT – A 29-year-old Detroit man has been charged in connection with a police chase that led to the fatal shooting of a 41-year-old Jackson man.

Detroit police officers attempted to stop Christopher Lee Cavin's car at Michigan Avenue and 31st Street on Monday afternoon. Police said that Cavin didn't pull over and sped off in his car, which had no license plate.

Detroit police followed Cavin and reached I-75. Michigan State Police also joined the pursuit. Police alleged that Cavin and his passenger, Kevin Daniel Pudick, appeared to be reaching for something at their feet.

Cavin's vehicle spun out of control and stopped southbound on West End and West Fort streets. When officers exited their vehicles, Cavin is accused of ramming police cars in an attempt to escape.

Police said Cavin drove his car at a Detroit police officer, which caused the officer to fall so that he was pinned between the car and a concrete wall. Officers at the scene fired their weapons into the car, striking Cavin and Pudick.

Both suspects were taken into custody at the scene and transported to a local hospital. Pudick died at a  hospital, according to police.

Police said they located two loaded handguns from the floorboards in the front passenger compartment of the car. Police also said that cocaine and MDMA were found in the car.

Cavin is facing the following charges:

  • Second-degree murder
  • Assault with intent to murder
  • Two counts of fleeing and eluding police officer
  • Two counts of possession of a controlled substance
  • Two counts of carrying a concealed weapon
  • Five counts of felony firearm

Cavin was arraigned Thursday. When he is discharged from the hospital he will be remanded to the Wayne County Jail, according to officials.

A probable cause conference was scheduled for June 19. A preliminary exam was scheduled for June 26.

Watch below: Sky 4 footage of the police chase

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