Double-homicide suspect killed in shootout with Detroit police

Man believed to be responsible for a deadly double-shooting in Redford Township, police say

Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred Saturday on Detroit’s east side.
Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred Saturday on Detroit’s east side.

DETROIT – Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred Saturday on Detroit’s east side.

UPDATE: Police identify double-murder suspect killed in shootout with Detroit officers

According to authorities, officers were near the intersection of Woodlawn and Van Dyke avenues at about 4:45 p.m. when they confronted a suspect in their investigation. Police said the man fired on the police officers, who returned fire, killing the suspect.

The man is believed to be the suspect in a fatal double-shooting that occurred at about midnight in Redford Township.

According to authorities, an argument happened at a home on Mercedes Street, near Beech Daly and Five Mile roads. The man was a close friend of the family and was staying with them.

Police said two teenagers came upstairs from the basement to break up the argument and the man allegedly shot and killed one of them, an 18-year-old girl. Dania Phillips, 49, ran out of the home and the man reportedly chased after her. She was shot and killed.

Family members said Phillips’ 16-year-old daughter witnessed the entire incident.

“She’s not well. She lost her mother and her best friend,” said the girl’s aunt. “She is not doing well.”

Police said a 4-year-old boy was also in the Redford home at the time of the shooting.

No other injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing.


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