Troopers shoot, kill man who was allegedly shining laser pointer, firing shots at MSP helicopter in Detroit

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DETROIT (WWJ) – A man is dead after being shot by Michigan State Police troopers on Detroit’s west side Tuesday night, an incident officials say was sparked by a laser pointer.

MSP’s Trooper 2 helicopter was on patrol around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when someone began shining a green laser pointer at the chopper, according to MSP officials.

The chopper notified the Detroit Regional Communication Center they were being hit by the laser pointer from the second story of a home on Terry Street, in the area of Hubbell and I-96.

Someone then began shooting at the chopper from the same location, according to MSP.

Troopers from the Metro South post were sent to the address and approached the home on foot.

That’s when the suspect came out of the home and started firing at troopers on the ground, according to MSP.

Troopers returned fire and the suspect was killed.

Authorities have not released any information about the suspect, including his name and age.

Members of the Homicide Task Force responded to investigate at the scene. Officials say more information will be released as the investigation continues.

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