Detroit Police Chief James Craig confirmed the death of a 42-year-old man after being shot by an officer during the hostage-taking operation on the East Side of the city.
At around 12:00 noon, police say they arrived at Building 18600 in Concord, near Van Dyck and Nevada Street. Upon the arrival of the officers, they were welcomed by the man’s mother and husband, who informed them that he had a mental illness and had not taken his medication for several days.
When the officers searched outside the building, they noticed that the man inside was a woman who was later identified as his girlfriend. Family members told the officers that the man believed his girlfriend and stepfather wanted to harm his mother, which could have been the driving force behind the fortified situation.
During the 9-hour ordeal, we were told that the man displayed insecure and disturbing behavior towards his girlfriend.
“He was showing violent behavior and showing signs of increasing violence,” President Craig said.
Police say they approached the house three times. During the third approach, at about 9:10 p.m., the man walked to the front of the house with his girlfriend, and that’s when an officer from the DPD Special Response Team fired a shot – struck him. President Craig said the shot was fired because the man was physically abusing the woman and they feared for her safety.
After the shooting, the woman told the police that the man had a pistol on her back and threatened to shoot her if she ran away.
The man was taken to hospital and pronounced dead about an hour later.
While the woman is safe, Chief Craig said he sends his deepest condolences to the man’s family.
“On behalf of the administration, we offer our prayers to the family of the person who was shot dead during the hostage-taking yesterday,” President Craig said. “Anytime there is a loss of life, there is definitely a tragedy, and that is no different.”
This was the boxed 28th call that DPD has responded to this year.