SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – The attempted carjacking of an off-duty Detroit police officer ended with a deadly shooting of a teen in Southfield, police said.
The incident unfolded early Monday morning when armed robbers approached the cop as he emerged from his black Dodge Charger at the Sutton Place Apartments on 9 Mile Road near Lahser. The officer drew his gun and shot and killed one of the suspects, a 17-year-old man, police said.
“Fearing for his life, he fired,” Southfield Police Lt. Nick Loussia said.
Two other suspects, a 16-year-old, ran from the scene and was apprehended by police; police say a third suspect, also a 16-year-old, was arrested a short time later.
It was noted the teens appeared to want the cop’s chrome rims. Their guns were left at the scene.
Ava Jackson heard the shots outside her window.
“The lights, I can look out the back window and I saw the lights … from the shots,” Jackson told WWJ’s City Beat reporter Vickie Thomas. “There were like four or five of them; it was just going.”
What does Jackson make of waking up to a crime scene?
It’s a shame, you know, all the crime that’s going on and I think it’s just ridiculous. It’s kind of scary, actually.”
Lt. Loussia says there are things you should do if you’re approached by someone who’s armed.
“Typically, our response would be to comply with their demands , especially if they’re armed , if they already have a weapon pointed at you . You can always replace a vehicle or your property . It’s not worth risking your life for a car or a cell phone.”
Loussia says the investigation is ongoing.