The armed robber whom police identified as Justin Brock, 20, of Detroit, entered the 7-Eleven at 1040 W. Nine Mile Road Aug. 12 wearing a mask and body armor and carrying a rifle. Ferndale police encountered Brock in Oak Park, where he reportedly did not follow commands and tried to escape from officers. Police shot him and he died from his injuries Aug. 16.

The armed robber whom police identified as Justin Brock, 20, of Detroit, entered the 7-Eleven at 1040 W. Nine Mile Road Aug. 12 wearing a mask and body armor and carrying a rifle. Ferndale police encountered Brock in Oak Park, where he reportedly did not follow commands and tried to escape from officers. Police shot him and he died from his injuries Aug. 16.

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Suspect in Ferndale armed robbery dead after officer-involved shooting

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published August 20, 2021

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FERNDALE — The suspect who was shot by Ferndale police officers after an armed robbery died from his injuries.

On Aug. 12, the Ferndale Police Department was notified of an armed robbery at the 7-Eleven located at 1040 W. Nine Mile Road. Wearing a mask and body armor and holding an assault rifle, the robber walked into the store, fired a shot at the ceiling and demanded money from the clerk. The robber reportedly walked out with a “large amount of cash.”

The suspect, identified as Justin Brock, 20, of Detroit, reportedly fled the store in a vehicle, but police dispatchers received location updates from witnesses who had been at the scene of the robbery and who police said followed the vehicle. 

Police tracked Brock to Sherman Street and West Nine Mile Road in Oak Park. In a previous news release, Ferndale police stated that Brock, armed with the rifle, “did not comply with officer’s commands and attempted to evade them.” 

Two police officers fired shots at Brock. Police performed lifesaving measures at the scene and he was taken to a local hospital, but on Aug. 16, Brock died from his injuries. The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds.

The officer-involved shooting is under investigation by the Special Investigations Unit of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff Mike McCabe stated that Ferndale Police Chief Dennis Emmi called the Sheriff’s Office to ask the agency to investigate the incident.

“We sent our Special Investigations Unit out. ... It’s a group of six hand-selected detective sergeants that are hand-picked by the Sheriff’s Office, by the Sheriff and the command staff,” he said. “They’re all specially trained, and we get called by almost every department in Oakland County when a situation like this occurs, if there’s an officer-involved shooting or any other type of thing, and that unit does these types of investigations”

In regard to the Ferndale shooting, McCabe said Aug. 19 that he wasn’t able to comment on the investigation, as it is ongoing, though he did state that they hope to conclude everything in the next couple of weeks.

“The case will be turned over to the (Oakland County) Prosecutor’s Office for review once we are done,” he said.

Ferndale police were notified the day after the robbery, on Aug. 13, that Brock was a suspect wanted by the Detroit Police Department for a carjacking and shooting near Seven Mile and Wyoming Avenue that occurred approximately 25 minutes before the 7-Eleven robbery. 

As the case is under investigation, the Ferndale Police Department declined to comment on the incident other than in the previously released news statement and to confirm that it had been notified of Brock’s death by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

The two officers involved in the shooting currently are on paid administrative leave.

“While we all want quick information and answers, the best thing we can do right now is allow the details of this case to be studied and investigated — fully, impartially, and with great care,” Emmi stated in the press release. 

“We are committed to a thorough and meticulous investigative process and transparent sharing of information, and we appreciate your understanding as all agencies involved take the time necessary to do this the right way,” he continued in the press release. “As always, we remain here to serve our community with integrity, compassion, and service.”

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