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Suspect in 2019 Wyandotte murder charged with trying to kill detective by dragging him with vehicle

Posted at 5:49 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 18:27:35-04

WYANDOTTE, Mich. (WXYZ) — Christian Lowe is behind bars after Wyandotte police said the 22-year-old dragged one of their detectives with his vehicle.

The near-deadly encounter for the detective took place late Thursday afternoon outside a liquor store on Southfield Road near Empire Avenue in Lincoln Park. And much of it was caught on surveillance video.

Police have previously identified Lowe as a suspect in the 2019 murder of Linda Breen who was stabbed to death in her Wyandotte home.

And Thursday, Lowe was wanted for probation violations in multiple cases that include assault and concealed weapons.

The two Wyandotte detectives spotted Lowe parking and pulled up to him just after he exited his vehicle.

On surveillance video, it's clear something stuns Lowe and he rushes back to his vehicle.

Wyandotte Deputy Police Chief Archie Hamilton said the detectives were in an unmarked vehicle, but that Lowe is very familiar with them and recognized them.

"He knows them very well," Hamilton told 7 Action News. "Without a doubt, he knew these two men were detectives."

Lowe can been seen bolting back to his vehicle where there's a struggle.

Police said Lowe hit the gas and dragged the detective, who was able to free himself before Lowe's vehicle hit the side of a building and then crashed into a fence.

Police said Lowe continued to try to get the vehicle to move, but the damage caused it to be disabled.

"He sustained numerous injuries," Hamilton said about his detective. "There's no doubt that the actions taken by the detective, to leap from that vehicle, saved his life."

Christian Lowe has now been arraigned on multiple charges including, assault with intent to murder and resisting and obstructing a police officer.

Deputy Chief Hamilton said the incident that could have been deadly for one of their detectives highlights the dangers police officers face everyday.

'When they make mistakes, it's highlighted. When there's a bad apple, it's magnified. But, truly, this is the type of police work that's done every single day," said Hamilton. "They put themselves in harm's way to protect others - to protect people they don't even know."

Lowe has not been charged with the murder of Linda Breen.