Authorities: Security Kills Man at Police-Courts Complex

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Authorities: Security kills man at police-courts complex.

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A private court security officer fatally shot a man who was brandishing a knife and tried to bypass security at a police department and court complex in suburban Detroit Thursday, authorities said. A man tried to get around security at the district courthouse in Dearborn Heights this morning, pulled a “weapon” and was killed by a security guard in the lobby, police said at a news briefing today.

Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko tells TV stations WXYZ and WJBK that the man with the knife lunged at a security officer at a security check station and was fatally shot. Michael Shaw. “The security guards confronted the individual and the suspect was subsequently killed in the lobby.” “We’re vetting him through our information sources to make sure there’s no other incidents that he may be tied with in the immediate area,” said Shaw. “It’s going to take us quite a while to kind of look into his background, see what he’s doing, if he’s had information — business with the court before, if he was upset about that.” A witness described the suspect as a white man in his 40s or 50s who ignored numerous orders to drop his weapon.

I also understand that the incident involved only one individual and there is no further danger to the community.” Paletko also said there is video surveillance in the area where the incident happened. Jamal Collins, who was at the court taking care a ticket, told WWJ’s Laura Bonnell he was standing right behind the man, who had a “steak knife” in his back pocket. Shaw said everyone who was inside the building at the time of the shooting is now part of the investigation, which is being handled by Michigan State Police. “We’re in the process of interviewing everybody that was inside the building at the time, so you can understand that’s a pretty lengthy interview process,” he said. “Basically, this is a crime scene and we’ve locked down a crime scene and those folks are part of that crime scene. I’m sorry it had to end the way it did,” said Wayne County Commissioner Diane Webb, a Democrat from Livonia, Mich. “But it was better than having one of our officers hurt because that appears to (have been) his intention.

He said she works in the records department and is OK but heard the shots being fired. “I’m devastated to hear that my Dearborn Heights Police Department was endangered. Edward Mandell, 53, of Dearborn Heights, told the Detroit Free Press that he rushed to the scene after his wife called, whispering that there had been a shooting.

I’ve counted about nine to 11 unmarked police cars… officer’s have their vests on and as they’re walking away from their cars, they have their hands on their holsters. They were walking toward other officers and then heading into the building,” she said. “There were three officers that had huge guns that went running into the building.”

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