Warrant Sought In Death Of Detroit Girl

7-Year-Old Aiyana Jones Shot May 3 During Police Raid

DETROIT - Michigan State Police requested an arrest warrant Thursday for a suspect in connection with the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl by a member of the Detroit police Special Response Team.


The Wayne County prosecutor's office said it is reviewing the request in connection with the May 16, 2010, killing of Aiyana Stanley-Jones in an early morning raid at her home on the city's east side.


A film crew with the A&E Network's "First 48" crime reality cable TV show was shadowing Detroit police on the raid.

The prosecutor's office did not name the male suspect nor provide any other details of the warrant request, pending the review.

Tiffany Brown, a spokeswoman for the state police, confirmed that a warrant was submitted, but declined further comment saying the investigation is still open.

Aiyana was on a sofa in the first-floor of the two-family flat when Detroit police tossed a flash-bang grenade through a window and burst through the front door.

Detroit police say an officer's gun accidentally discharged after he was bumped or jostled by the girl's grandmother.


The focus of the raid was Chauncey Owens, the fiance of Aiyana's aunt. Owens was wanted in the May 14, 2010 shooting death of 17-year-old Je'rean Blake outside a nearby convenience store.

Owens was found in the separate upstairs apartment. He is in custody, awaiting trial in Blake's slaying.

Aiyana's family has filed a lawsuit against the city and the Detroit Police Department.

Ronald Lawrence formed the group Justice For Aiyana Jones. He said he's been anxiously waiting for the investigation to be complete as he's helped family members and friends search for answers.

"I hope they made an independent, transparent investigation into this. And, that they have come up with something that the prosecutors, and ultimately a jury, can decide the fate of this individual, " he said.


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