Detroit police fatally shoot suspect after a foot chase

Detroit police fatally shot a man after a car and foot chase on the city’s west side this afternoon.

Police said they began pursuing a man in a car before it lost control and struck a utility pole.

According to police, the suspect fled on foot before he and an officer ended up in a scuffle behind an abandoned home. That’s when the officer pulled the trigger at Ostego and Webb, police said.

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“The officer was taking him into custody,” Police Chief James Craig said. “The suspect lunged in the direction of the officer. … There was a struggle over the weapon. One shot was fired.”

Craig said the suspect was a black male, about 25 years old.

The officer was not injured.

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It wasn’t immediately clear if the man was armed or if the officer was wearing a body camera.

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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.