33-year-old Detroit man dies after being shot, crashing car into Oak Park apartment building

Female passenger inside vehicle OK, police say

A 33-year-old man was shot and killed outside of an Oak Park apartment complex Thursday night.

OAK PARK, Mich. – A 33-year-old Detroit man has died after he was shot and then crashed his car into an apartment complex in Oak Park.

A woman was inside the car with the man but she was not injured, police said. Witnesses say the vehicle crashed into an apartment and was completely inside the building.

UPDATE: Man arrested for Oak Park murder after returning to scene during investigation, police say

“The (back) bumper was all the way in there. The (back) bumper was past the front of the building, so it was all the way in there,” resident Trevor Mallette said. “The whole car was in that apartment.”

Nobody was inside the apartment, according to police.

“It’s so crazy, it’s just like, you never expect stuff like this to happen. But, you know, like they say in life, ‘crap happens,’” a resident said.

The incident happened around 11 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 21) night in the area of Greenfield and I-696. Police are investigating what led up to the shooting.

“At 11:23 p.m. it woke me up out of my sleep and I said, ‘oh boy,’” resident Tonia Thompson said. “Sincere condolences to the loved one and I hope they catch the guy.”

Crews were on scene Friday morning to patch up the damage done to the apartment. Police said the victim crashed into the building while trying to escape a shooter.

Original report: Man shot, killed outside Oak Park apartment complex


About the Authors:

Nick joined the Local 4 team in February of 2015. Prior to that he spent 6 years in Sacramento covering a long list of big stories including wildfires and earthquakes. Raised in Sterling Heights, he is no stranger to the deep history and pride Detroit has to offer.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.