Sterling Heights man killed in officer involved shooting; Police say subject had produced long gun

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) - A tense and frightening situation for any 9 year old to have to face.

It started when a girl’s her mother and father fighting inside this home in the 37000 block of Lola Drive in Sterling Heights.

Eventually the argument turned violent and the girl frantically called 911, around 6:50 a.m. Saturday.

According to officers, they got there quickly to see the girl’s dad assaulting her mom, and also holding a shotgun.

“Once they gained entry into the home they observed him standing over her with a shotgun pointed at her head. Officers ordered him to immediately drop the rifle.  He turned around and pointed the rifle at the officers, shots were fired,” said Sterling Heights Police Chief Michael Reese.

The man was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“I just had a sense, a sense that something was going to happen,” said Joe Boesl who lives nearby.

Some neighbors told 7 Action News while they are saddened to hear what happened to the man who lived there they are not shocked.

“He was always they big bad guy in the neighborhood,” said Boesl.

According to police the couple was not living together.

His wife had stopped by the home with their daughter to handle family business.

Chief Reese told 7 Action News an officer opened fire out of fear for his own safety.

According to the chief, if it was not for the bravery of the 9-year-old girl making that emergency call the situation could have turned out even worse than it did.

“She did a fabulous job in the 911 call,” said Chief Reese. “She probably saved her life and her mother’s.”

It is not clear whether alcohol was a factor.  It is also not known if the man had intended to initially cause his wife harm.

The case is under investigation by the Michigan State Police.

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