DETROIT (WWJ) – A man is dead after he was shot by a police officer on Detroit’s west side.
According to Detroit Police Chief James Craig, officers tried to stop a speeding driver when the suspect vehicle crashed into a light pole, near Elmhurst and Broadstreet Ave., at around 1:45 p.m. Monday.
The driver jumped out, police said, ran from the scene, and was found a few blocks away in the backyard of an abandoned home near Webb St. and Otsego.
Craig said police chased the man on foot to an area behind an abandoned home. As struggle ensued after the officer told the suspect to get on the ground, but the suspect lunged at the officer and tried to grab a gun. That’s when the shooting occurred.
“One shot was fired, striking the suspect in what appears to be his lower torso area,” Craig told WWJ’s Jason Scott and other reporters. “He was pronounced (dead) by medics when they arrived at the scene.”
Craig said they’re still working to identify the suspect, as his identification did not match that of the owner of the vehicle.
An investigation is ongoing.