One dead in police-involved shooting in Dearborn Heights

Posted at 7:22 AM, May 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-14 06:08:32-04

Michigan State Police are investigating the fatal officer-involved shooting in Dearborn Heights Sunday morning.

Police say around 3:30 a.m., Dearborn Heights Police were dispatched to a distraught woman walking along Telegraph. Police didn't find a woman, instead they saw a man holding a long gun. 

One officer observed the man walking down Telegraph armed with a rifle. There were words exchanged and over dispatch audio you can hear an officer indicate the rifle appeared to be pointed at police. The officer fired shots at the suspect, hitting and killing him. There were no other injuries

"We did recover a bolt action long gun, loaded, from the scene, from the suspect," says 1st Lt Michael Shaw with the Michigan State Police. 

Shaw says the suspect is a 38 year old man from Redford, who may have had mental health issues. 

"Talking with the family, there is something there, nothing diagnosed or professional, but we know that he has issues he’s relayed to his father, about hearing voices, things like that," says Shaw. 

MSP is looking into exactly how the interaction between officers and the suspect played out.  

The officer who fired the fatal shots has been on the force for less than five years. He has been placed on administrative leave, as is customary during the investigation. 

MSP brought in their drone to help with the speed and accuracy of the crime scene re-creation, collecting images from above. 

As for the distraught woman mentioned in the initial 911 call, police never found her and do not know if she or that call is connected to the armed man. The 911 caller was male. 

Police have not ruled out the possibility that the suspect could have been the man who called 911.