Melvindale police accused of shooting person in car reported stolen in Macomb County – Macomb Daily

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Authorities say a vehicle reported stolen in Macomb County was used to ram a Melvindale police car early Sunday, causing police to shoot and kill one of the occupants.

According to Michigan State Police, a 21-year-old man was shot and four other people were arrested in the incident.

A preliminary investigation shows that Melvindale officers responded to the Schaefer Road area, west of Interstate 75, at 12:45 a.m. for a report of a suspicious vehicle. As they attempted to stop the car, the driver of the suspect vehicle drove toward the patrol car and struck it head-on.

There were six people in the suspect's vehicle when one of the occupants was seen with a gun, state police said.

Officials said police officers fired a gun at the man, hitting a 21-year-old man in the vehicle.

It was recently reported that the shooting victim underwent surgery at an unnamed hospital.

“All suspects fled the scene and five of the six are in custody,” police said, adding that they are two adults and three juveniles. “The suspect's vehicle was reported stolen in the city of Sterling Heights.”

Melvindale police asked detectives from the Michigan State Police Second District Special Investigations Division to investigate the shooting, which is standard procedure when a police officer is involved in a shooting.

The area where officers spotted the suspects is described as a Ford and GM storage area. It appears the suspects broke into several vehicles in the storage area, investigators said.

None of the police officers were injured in the incident.

The investigations are ongoing. Once completed, the reports will be submitted to the public prosecutor's office for review.

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