Dearborn cop fatally shoots unarmed black man in Detroit

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Dearborn police fatally shot an unarmed black man in Detroit today while trying to arrest him on a probation violation warrant.

Police said Kevin Matthews, 35, ran from cops and then scuffled with an officer, trying to grab his gun. The officer responded by shooting Matthews on the 8000 block of Whitcomb on Detroit’s west side, according to police.

Matthews, whose family said he was mentally ill, was wanted on a warrant for a misdemeanor charge out of Redford Township.

“They shot my son for nothing,” his mother Valerie Johnson, wiping away tears, told the Free Press. “He didn’t have no weapon.”

It wasn’t immediately clear whether there were any witnesses or if the officer was wearing a body cam.

Dearborn police declined to identify the officer or say how long he was on the force.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said his department is investigating the shooting. Dearborn is also investigating the incident.

Some civil rights advocates have converged on the scene, demanding answers.

Check back for updates.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.