Police shoot, kill man they say charged them with knife

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published April 9, 2018 | Updated April 10, 2018 2:41pm

 Troy police Lt. Josh Jones said police were called to a home on Saddlebrook Court, in the Long Lake and John R roads area, on a report that a 23-year-old  man had become violent.

Troy police Lt. Josh Jones said police were called to a home on Saddlebrook Court, in the Long Lake and John R roads area, on a report that a 23-year-old man had become violent.

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TROY — A 23-year-old man who police said had a history of mental health issues is dead after police shot him when he reportedly charged them while brandishing a large knife outside of his home just before 7:30 a.m. April 9. 

Troy Police Department Lt. Josh Jones said police were called to a home on Saddle Brook Court, in the Long Lake and John R roads area, on a report from a family member that the 23-year-old man, Robert George Issa, was assaulting family members. 

Jones said a family member called 911 and reported that Issa was “screaming, being violent, hitting family members and in a psychotic state.”

The caller reportedly said Issa was armed with knives and that the people in the home had locked themselves in bedrooms to get away from him. 

Three officers arrived on the scene — one in a marked patrol car and two others in unmarked cars — within three minutes of the 911 call, Jones said. 

Issa reportedly charged a fully marked police car, stationed north of the home, yielding a large kitchen knife, police said. 

Jones said the officer in the marked car activated its siren and lights, which gave the other officers time to get into better positions. 

When Issa charged an unmarked car, the officer locked the doors, and other officers told the man to drop the knives, Jones said. 

As Issa charged the other officers, brandishing the knife, an officer shot him with a Taser, but it was ineffective, and Issa continued to charge police with the knife, Jones said. 

The officer closest to Issa fired four or five shots, striking the man. 

Police and EMTs on the scene rendered aid to Issa, who was then transported to Beaumont Hospital, Troy, where he was pronounced dead. 

Jones couldn’t say why the Taser was ineffective, but he said that the primary reason Tasers fail is if they don’t make good contact. 

Police said they have been called to the home four times, including on April 9, for the man’s “violent behavior” since July 2017. 

“He had some mental health issues,” Jones said. 

The officer who shot Issa will remain on administrative leave while the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office investigates the shooting. 

“There were no major injuries to family members,” Jones said. “There was no danger to the community.”