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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.

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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