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Detroit fire lieutenant killed in apparent road rage shooting in Troy, police say

Posted at 5:54 AM, Jul 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-06 18:24:17-04

(WXYZ) — Troy police are investigating a deadly shooting in the parking lot of a gas station on Monday night. They said the victim, identified as Frank Dombrowski, was a lieutenant with the Detroit Fire Department, and a veteran of 29 years.

The shooting happened at the Shell Gas Station on the corner of Rochester and Wattles around 9:45 p.m.

Police say 55-year-old Dombrowski left his home in Rochester Hills and went south on Rochester Rd. when a white Jeep Cherokee followed him into a gas station.

A verbal altercation began almost immediately, which police believe escalated into a shooting where multiple rounds were fired by an occupant in the Jeep Cherokee. That car then fled on Wattles.

Dombrowski was taken to the hospital for his injuries and he later died.

Thomas Gehart, president of the Detroit Firefighters Association, released the following statement:

“We are truly saddened by the loss of our Lieutenant Frank Dombrowski. Lieutenant Dombrowski was a great leader and mentor for the men and women in his command. His contributions will be greatly missed by the Detroit Fire Department and the citizens of Detroit.”

Police say those in the Cherokee arrived at the police station this morning and the passenger was taken into custody.

"I stand with the entire Detroit Fire Department and our city in the tragic loss of Senior Lieutenant Francis Dombrowski who died on Monday evening, July 5 in Troy," Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said. "He will be missed terribly."