Man shot by Sterling Heights police at mobile home park

Man in critical condition

By Chuck Jackson, Larry Spruill - Reporter

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. - A man is in critical condition after being shot by police in Sterling Heights.

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Sterling Heights police officers were involved in a shooting just after 3:30 a.m. Monday at a mobile home park in the area of Utica Road and Van Dyke. According to police, there was an argument between a group of people in the street. Officers were directed to a home where one of the individuals that was involved in the 40000 block of Bonaparte Avenue.

That man exited his home and pointed a gun toward officers, police said. Officers fired multiple rounds at this man, hitting him multiple times. 

He was transported to the hospital and is listed in critical condition and undergoing surgery. No officers were injured.

"It's crazy. It's nuts, knowing that something like this can happen out of the blue," said neighbor Charlie Alband. "It's mind blowing ... especially around all of these houses."

Sterling Heights police have asked Michigan State Police to conduct the investigation.

Multiple officers involved

Sterling Heights Police Chief Dale Dwojakowski said multiple officers were involved.

"We immediately called for fire and an ambulance for medical attention," said the chief. "Whenever there is an officer-involved shooting we have the Michigan State Police conduct a criminal investigation  and we also have Sterling Heights police officers doing an internal investigation."

Dwojakowski said it first came in as a noise call from multiple residents in the neighborhood. Police did not know exactly what they were responding to, but they were met by a man with a gun at the door to a residence on Bonaparte Avenue.

"It was more than one officer that did fire," said the chief.

The officers will be placed on administrative leave while the investigation is underway.

A man was shot by police Sept. 16, 2019 in the 40000 block of Bonaparte Avenue in Sterling Heights. (WDIV)

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