Detroit police officers shoot, kill man armed with knife after responding to mental health call

Detroit police car
Photo credit Vickie Thomas/WWJ-FILE

DETROIT (WWJ) – An internal investigation is underway after Detroit police officers were involved in a deadly shooting on the city’s west side early Sunday morning.

Detroit Police Chief James White says officers were called to the area of Snowden and Lyndon – near Schaefer and Fenkell – around 5 a.m. after receiving a 911 call reporting a man was having a mental health crisis and was armed with a knife.

There was “some type of resistance” after officers found the man and talked with him, according to White. He said an officer deployed a taser, but it was unsuccessful.

Police then turned to deadly force, with at least one officer firing their gun at the man. A report from WDIV in Detroit says the man allegedly continued to attack officers after the taser was deployed.

Investigators are still reviewing body camera footage and speaking to any potential witnesses to determine what exactly happened in the moments leading up to the shooting.

“We’re looking into whether or not he charged the officers, whether or not he attempted to stab the officers,” White said during an early-morning press conference near the scene.

While police don’t yet have all the details surrounding the incident, White said “our commitment to transparency is such that we brief these out early,” so the community can be aware that an officer-involved shooting has taken place.

“My condolences to the suspect’s family. Any time the department has to use fatal force, that’s not our desired outcome,” White said.

Stay tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 for the latest details on this developing story.

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