Detroit police: off-duty border patrol agent involved in fatal shooting on city's east side

Shots rang out early Monday morning on Westphalia Street; 1 man dead

By Lauren Podell - Reporter

DETROIT - Detroit police confirm to Local 4 that an out-of-town off-duty border patrol agent has been involved in a fatal shooting on the city's east side.

The incident happened around 2 a.m. Monday on Westphalia Street, which is near McNicols Road and Schoenherr Street.

Sources said a verbal argument took place during a card game, where the agent and his cousin were present - and a man left the house and came back with a gun.

When the man brandished the gun, police said the agent fired his gun several times, killing the man.  

"I didn't just hear one or two shots. There was a lot of gun fire," said Immanuel Williams, who lives on Westphalia Street. "I was asleep at the time and it woke me right up." 

Deputy Chief Rodney Johnson said the agent was in town from California visiting family. 

Statement from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol:

At approximately 2:40 on March 10, 2014 an off-duty Border Patrol Agent assigned to the Detroit Station was involved in a shooting. The agent is currently on a temporary, compassionate detail to the area from their permanent duty station in California. The incident is currently being investigated by the Detroit Police Department. All questions at this time should be directed to DPD.

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