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Attack on Plymouth Officer Led to Man's Fatal Shooting, Police Say

State Police: Man attacked City of Plymouth officer with tire iron in fatal encounter.

A City of Plymouth police officer "clearly was in fear for his life" when he shot and killed a man late Sunday in Plymouth Township when the man attacked him with a tire iron, Michigan State Police told the Plymouth Observer.

The Plymouth officer responded to a call about a disturbance at about 11 p.m. in the area of Joy and Lilley roads, Plymouth Director of Public Safety Al Cox said Monday. 

Michigan State Police told the Observer the man, a 25-year-old Plymouth Township resident, was breaking house and vehicle windows in the area near Sparr's Flowers & Greenhouse. Police are not indentifying the man or the officer involved, the report said, and state police are awaiting toxicology test results on the man.

Joseph White of the Michigan State Police told the Observer the man had a tire iron, displayed "threatening mannerisms" and indicated the officer "clearly was in fear for his life" when the shooting occurred.

On Monday, Cox said the officer was the first to respond to the scene to assist township officers and was the only officer on the scene when the shooting occurred, though two other officers were en route.

The fatal shooting by a City of Plymouth officer was the first that Cox could recall in his time with the department. He said Monday that "it's been decades" since such an incident had occurred.

Justn lambert October 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM
They are called tasers. You fascist pigs. Dave was one of my closest friends. This was nothing more than a scared little rookie with poor Plymouth police training who I guarantee pissed his pants when he pulled the trigger. Tell mr. Tidderington and mr. Cox that police brutality is unacceptable.
Rachel Owen-Kay October 21, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I glad you think it's acceptable to terrorize people << rolls eyes >> People need to stop being so self-centered and realize that they can't go around doing whatever they want without repercussions.
Teresa Leaver October 24, 2012 at 02:53 PM
He wasn't terrorizing people - material things can be replaced- lives can't - this so called off-duty cop needed to do what he was trained to do and that was to wait for the other officers and if he feared for his life he needed to just shot the tire iron out of Dave's hand -not shoot Dave in the chest - Dave did not have a mean bone in his body and he would do anything for you - so Rachel you just keep rolling your eyes - because one day you may have someone in the same situation Teresa Leaver
Jennifer December 10, 2012 at 08:11 PM
HIS NAME IS OFFICER ALEXANDER FOX!
Jennifer December 10, 2012 at 08:12 PM
The officers name was OFFICER ALEXANDER FOX out of plymouth police department
maria January 25, 2013 at 11:23 PM
rachel, i PRAY that you never are put in the situation. david was my brother.. i hope that some day God will place compassion in your heart. you have NO idea what the back story was or any REAL details of the situation. i pray to God no one close to is ever KILLED and then someone such as your self has the audacity to "roll her eyes".
maria January 25, 2013 at 11:24 PM
thank you jennifer, people need to know who the coward was.
maria January 26, 2013 at 01:56 AM
I find it insulting that this article is entitled "Attack on Police officer".. actually funny. seeing how the author wasnt there that night. of course the officer is gonna say he "threatened" to cover himself. my brother was going through a tough time and was unstable during this. HE DID NOT ATTACK THIS OFFICER. the officer also chose to NOT wait for back up, which would have been therein minutes. my brother was causing damage to property.. and he would have had to pay the price, but the simple fact is he was damaged THINGS, NOT PEOPLE. no one had or would have been harmed.. a rookie officer who couldn't wait to get his first kill.
Moira Handley April 09, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Kind of a silly argument here. The man was clearly out of his head and was shot because he came at an officer with a crowbar. If DAVE had no mean bones explain said tire iron and the thousands of dollars in damage done to the innocent people's property? Sounds like a great guys. Smdh.
Brad Jensen April 10, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Not sure of the situation, but why did the police officer not wait for his back-up? Did he fire a warning shot? Was he surprised? Why not a non-fatal shot? Police should be trained to deal with "threatening mannerisms" with other than deadly force. This was just property damage. He probably wouldn't even have gotten prison time if he had lived. Who cares about "thousands of dollars" of "innocent people's property" when we are talking about someone's life? I hope this is well investigated and the police officer is either exonerated or punished depending on the situation.
maria April 10, 2013 at 12:49 AM
it was stated that my brother was advancing toward him, I imagine he was probably crying and hysterical.. the officer was off duty, so I'm told and didn't wait bc I guess he was scared. apparently police are allowed to "shoot to kill". the situation was not investigated very well.. haphazardly if you will. no answers. no proof. the officer was only taken off duty for a few days, maybe a week that I know of. he's back on the force and nothing will be done. I'm not saying that he should lose his job, but there is no proof my brother actually tried to attack him.. he was shot multiple times through the heart, his rib cage exploded and shredded his liver and he bled out.. protect and serve.
Brad Jensen April 11, 2013 at 03:37 PM
If the officer was scared, then he should have backed off and waited for back-up unless someone's life was in danger. How far away was the officer when he shot? Why did he have to shoot multiple times? I would recommend that you speak to a lawyer about a possible wrongful death.
maria April 11, 2013 at 03:48 PM
it was close range, they were in his backyard.. and like it's mentioned he was apparently damaging property.. but NO ONES LIFE was in danger. I had a lawyer and they didn't do anything for me and actually said they didn't want to be involved in the situation. I'm sure they figured there was no real money to be won in a settlement.. not that that's what I or my family want.. I just want the truth to be known.. I feel like this situation was swept under the rug.. people don't really know what happened.. there are lots of other details to this situation that don't add up. I'm just lost..

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