Eastpointe police release new footage of fatal road rage shooting from September

Ty Hale was fatally shot on Sept. 30

EASTPOINTE, Mich. – Eastpointe Police released new footage to Local 4 of a road rage incident that ended in gunfire.

Its release comes as the victim’s family held a protest Tuesday condemning the police investigation.

“We want the criminal investigation reopened, we want charges brought,” said Ty Hale’s mom, Tina Agents.

Ty Hale, 18, was shot and killed just before 8 p.m. on Sept. 30 at the intersection of Stricker and David avenues in Eastpointe. Hale is the father of two children -- a baby boy and a girl.

Police said Hale and the driver of a truck argued and the driver shot Hale, claiming self-defense. The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office decided not to charge the driver.

Hale’s family blames the police, saying the investigation was sloppy. “I feel like there’s evidence being withheld for some reason,” Agents said. “It’s just nothing makes sense and adds up.”

Eastpointe Police defend the investigation, walking Local 4 through the newly released security footage that shows where the road rage incident began on 8 Mile Road.

Although it’s dark, detectives said the video shows Hale, who’s riding a mini bike with no lights, hit the passenger side of the truck before taking off in the other direction. Police said the passenger in the truck called 911 and was on the phone with them when it happened.

The video then shows the truck turn into the driver’s Eastpoint neighborhood. Moments later, the video shows Hale circle back and follow the truck into the neighborhood. A doorbell camera on a nearby street captured the fatal shooting. Police said the passenger was still on the phone with 911 when the driver fired the shot.

Police said there’s no evidence that refutes the driver’s claim of self-defense and short of that they can’t reopen the case.

Detectives told Local 4 they’re more than willing to reopen the case should new evidence come forward warranting them to do so.

Previous coverage: 18-year-old killed in road rage shooting in Eastpointe

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Jacqueline Francis is an award-winning journalist who joined the WDIV team in September 2022. Prior to Local 4, she reported for the NBC affiliate in West Michigan. When she’s not on the job, Jacqueline enjoys taking advantage of all the wonders Michigan has to offer, from ski trips up north to beach days with her dog, Ace.

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