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Plymouth Officer Shoots, Kills Man in Disturbance Case

The officer assisted Plymouth Township with a disturbance call late Sunday at Joy and Lilley roads.

A city of Plymouth police officer shot and killed a man late Sunday while on duty in the area of Joy and Lilley roads in Plymouth Township, according to Plymouth Director of Public Safety Al Cox.

The officer, who was in the area, was the first on the scene to assist Plymouth Township Police with a report of a disturbance in progress just before 11 p.m. Sunday, Cox said. Two other offices were en route, Cox said, at the time of the shooting.

The victim, who lived in the area, was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. Police are withholding his identity. 

Cox said the officer, whose name is not being released, is not currently on duty, but appeared to be "fine" after the incident. Cox did not say what prompted the officer to fire his weapon.

Cox said "it's been decades" since the last fatal shooting by a Plymouth officer, noting there hadn't been any such cases in his time with the department.  

Cox declined to discuss specifics of the case because Michigan State Police is investigating the shooting, as is standard procedure for officer-involved fatalities.

A message was left Monday afternoon with Michigan State Police officials seeking more information.

Kat Freemason October 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Where are the details of this incident? A man gets killed for a "disturbance" and no one raises an eyebrow? What the .........?????
Justn lambert October 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM
The man killed was David alanis III he has a name. He was a very close friend of mine. There are major politics involved in this one that they will never tell you . I know what they are but cannot say. This was a city sanctioned execution. Trust me. And the last time I checked and that was yesterday. All of the officers at Plymouth pd have tasers and up to date training and certifications to use them properly which is non-lethally.
Joseph McCauley October 21, 2012 at 04:35 PM
What kind of BS is this? Come out and claim an execution but don't state any facts to back it up? Gosh, sounds like you're qualified to be a politician. This kind of reckless baloney doesn't do anyone any good. Put up or shut up.
Rachel Owen-Kay October 21, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Really, you're mad that the guy who was busting out windows and came at police with a tire iron got shot!? Sorry, but if you come to our community and do some stupid crap don't get bent out of shape when you get arrested or shot! We don't want that here and why should we pay more taxes to keep them comfy in jail? You tell me... Why?
KK October 23, 2012 at 02:23 AM
It isn't appropriate to kill someone for disturbing the peace. Deadly force is ONLY to be used to stop DEADLY force, so unless this police officer can prove he was acting in self defense or to save another, his action was inappropriate and unlawful. The legislature has not made "busting windows" a capital offense and this police officer had no authority to make up and enforce new laws.
Ocelot Madness October 23, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Um KK, its been noted in several areas that the victim attempted to attack the officer with a tire iron. That is deadly force in my book and that is why the officer shot him. Its sad that this had to happen in our community, but throwing blame at the police officers for no reason isn't right. You truly have no idea what happened that night.
Kim October 27, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Dave and I were friends for over ten years. We grew up together. He was a great friend who didn't have a mean bone in his body. He would never "attack" an officer. I'm willing to bet he was just holding it and turned and this pussy of a cop "feared for his life" shot him. He could have shot him anywhere else that would have sufficed. Why do you think they won't release his officers name or any details. Isn't it odd that nobody will release any statement of any kind because they don't want jeopardize their case. God forbid Plymouth ruin their good name and take the heat of a wrongful death.
Brad Jensen October 28, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Police are trained to handle situations like this with non-lethal force. Drawing their weapons should be a last resort. I don't know the specifics of this case, but I would like to know why the officer didn't call for back-up or shoot the guy in the leg.
Jess October 30, 2012 at 01:32 PM
So what your saying is that its ok that theres a kid dead for breaking out a window in " your community" like Plymouth is so great.. Oh and by the way HE WAS FROM YOUR COMMUNITY!!!!!! No one deserves to die for stupid shit like that.. I think Plymouth PD needs to worry about all the nasty child molesters in your awesome community.. I think its funny that you try to justify this as right when even other officers think it was wrong..
Jennifer December 11, 2012 at 08:38 AM
officer alexander fox
maria January 25, 2013 at 11:30 PM
thank you everyone for standing up for my brother, i find it amusing people who have NO IDEA what the back story of the situation was are so quick to pass judgement. i pray to GOD that nothing horrific happens to you or your family, and then have ignorant outsiders say they deserved it.

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