INKSTER, Mich. (WXYZ) - Twenty-four years after an ambush that left three Inkster police officers dead, the woman authorities held responsible has died in state prison.
Alberta Easter was 93 when she passed away Sunday.
She and her three sons, William, Roy and George Lemons were convicted of the senseless murders at the Bungalow Motel on Michigan Avenue that took place in July of 1987.
Police had come to arrest Easter and one of her boys for a bounced check worth a mere $286, a minor crime that would likely have resulted in probation.
Investigators believe when one of the officers grabbed Easter’s arm to put her in handcuffs, the officers were confronted with weapons, taken hostage for a few minutes, then executed.
Sgt. Ira Parker, 41, Officer Clay Hoover, 24 and Officer Dan Dubiel 38, a 15-year veteran of the department were all found dead of multiple gunshot wounds.
WXYZ-TV reporter, Bill Proctor was at the scene of the long, ten hour standoff that saw hundreds of rounds of bullets fired from the first floor apartment of the Bungalow Motel where Easter and her sons had been living for months, and where the officers expected to make a simple, trouble-free arrest.
Once they knew other officers were on the scene hoping for a rescue, the Lemons boys began to fire a semi-automatic rifle and several high caliber pistols.
Bill was asked by then Wayne County Sheriff Robert Ficano to talk to Easter by phone in hopes of convincing her to release the officers that she said were still alive.
She talked about a multi-million dollar real estate deal she’d pitched to area investors, insisted that the officers were bound and gagged, but alive.
Bill convinced her to stop the gunfire. Hours later, the family surrendered and the bodies were recovered.
Two of Easters three sons remain in state prison on three life sentences.
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