DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit Police are investigating what happened when a man was told no units were available when he tried to surrender to police in connection with a murder case.
The incident relates to a quadruple shooting that happened around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning on Inverness on the city's west side. Two men were killed and two others were injured.
The dead have been identified as a 23-year-old man and a 37-year-old man. The injured are a 34-year-old man and a 19-year-old man. They are currently listed in serious condition.
Police say that at around 3:20 a.m. Saturday a 36-year-old man went to a Detroit Fire Engine Station near the scene of the shootings. He reportedly told the fire fighters that he was connected to the shootings.
However, when Detroit Police were called, they said the patrol units for the area were busy handling high priority runs and no one was dispatched to the fire house.
Firefighters say they kept the man at the fire station for almost four hours waiting for a police patrol car to pick him up. Eventually they put the suspect in a taxi and sent him to the 10th Precinct where he was taken into custody.
Detroit firefighters, with the exception of arson investigators, do not have policing powers, and therefore don't have the authority to make arrests.
In a news release about the incident, Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee said, "Every effort to ensure that this person was taken into police custody should have occurred. Therefore an administrative investigation will be conducted to determine if this police run was handled appropriately and to ascertain if there were any other patrol resources which should have been made available to respond to the Detroit Fire Engine Quarters.”
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