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Man killed by police had multiple gunshot wounds

Posted at 12:43 PM, Dec 25, 2015

The Wayne County Medical Examiner has declared the death of 35-year-old Kevin Matthews to be a homicide. Matthews was shot and killed Wednesday after a struggle with a Dearborn police officer.

In a brief statement issued today, the Wayne County Medical Examiner's office listed the cause of his death as, "multiple gunshot wounds." The manner of death was stated to be homicide.

Police said Wednesday that Matthews was a suspect wanted for a probation violation in Redford and was wanted for a theft that took place in Dearborn on the day he was shot.

He was spotted by a Dearborn officer and police say a foot chase then followed through a neighborhood near Tireman and Greenfield, on the border of Detroit and Dearborn.

The officer and suspect got into a physical encounter, with a struggle taking place over the officer's weapon, police said Wednesday. Matthews was unarmed. He died at the scene.

The Dearborn police officer who shot and killed Kevin Matthews was placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting. 

On Thursday, the National Action Network stood with the family of Kevin Matthews to express outrage over the killing of the 35-year-old Detroit man.

Dearborn Police say they are fully cooperating with the investigation, and look forward to making a complete and transparent public disclosure of information when the investigation is concluded.