Fugitive killed in shootout with law enforcement

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published March 17, 2017

WARREN — The intersection of Martin and Hoover was closed for most of the afternoon March 16, as investigators pored over the scene of a gunfight between officers assigned to a federal task force and a fugitive who was shot and killed.

According to a release by Lt. Michael Shaw of the Michigan State Police, a preliminary investigation revealed a 31-year-old resident of Detroit, wanted on a felony warrant out of the 36th District Court in Detroit for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, died at the hospital after gunfire erupted near the intersection at about 1 p.m.

A team of seven officers assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team reportedly tracked the suspect to a nearby apartment and moved in to confront him when he left the complex on foot. The man reportedly walked across Martin Road and was confronted by officers who identified themselves, at which point a gun battle ensued.

The suspect was shot and was later declared dead at the hospital. No officers or civilians were injured.

Three of the seven officers were reportedly involved in the shooting. According to the Michigan State Police, the officers were assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service, the Detroit Police Department and the Michigan Department of Corrections.

A section of Martin Road east of Hoover remained closed and secured with caution tape through 4:30 p.m. as investigators gathered evidence. It was not clear how many shots were fired in the exchange. The investigation remained ongoing at press time.

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