ROSEVILLE, Mich. – Authorities provided an update Wednesday morning after a man was shot and killed by Roseville police Tuesday following a car crash.
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What we know about the case so far
The man who was fatally shot has been identified as Frank Robles, 57, from Roseville. He was shot at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, after crashing into a semi truck and standing in the road with a knife, police said.
Robles was driving a Chevy Silverado and was traveling south on Groesbeck Highway when he crossed into oncoming traffic and collided nearly head-on with the semi truck, authorities said. There was only one person in the semi truck -- a 65-year-old man from Ohio -- and he was not injured.
Witnesses reported that when they approached the Silverado to check on Robles, he produced a knife. Witnesses also stated that Robles’ wrists were cut. The witnesses retreated and called the police.
When officers arrived, Robles was in the roadway and holding a knife, authorities said. They asked the man if he was OK, and he said he was not OK. Authorities said at this time, the two officers on scene told Robles to drop the knife, and he instead advanced toward one of the officers.
Officials said that officers gave repeated commands for Robles to drop the knife and he didn’t. Authorities said one of the officers was retreating, but Robles continued walking toward him. The officer shot Robles, and he fell to the ground.
When Robles tried to get up off the ground, still holding the knife, the officer fired “several more shots,” officials said. Robles was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Macomb County authorities said they believe nine shots were fired in total by one of the officers. Robles was struck multiple times. No officers were injured.
Police do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in this incident.
Both officers are on paid leave pending the results of the investigation, which has been handed over to the county. Macomb County authorities have not yet released the names of the officers involved.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office at 586-307-9358.
- Victim has been identified as Frank Robles, 53, of Roseville.
- Video shows Robles’ truck appear cross the center line and collide with a semi truck.
- Police say Robles walked toward them with a knife, refused to drop it.
- Police believe nine shots were fired, several struck Robles.
Robles was a Roseville Community Schools employee
Roseville Community Schools said Robles was an employee for the district, and has worked there for four years.
The school district has made a crisis team available for students, staff and school community members following the incident.
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