Attorney General’s Office to review 2018 Shelby Township police shooting

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 10, 2020


SHELBY TOWNSHIP — An incident that occurred in Shelby Township two years ago is getting a closer look by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has agreed to review a 2018 case in which an unarmed Macomb County man was killed by Shelby Township police at an apartment complex to evaluate whether charges should have been filed against law enforcement involved in the incident.

According to the Shelby Township Police Department, on Nov. 1, 2018, a family at the Spring Hill Apartments called police and reported that their son was missing and that they were concerned about him. The department reportedly located the family’s son Nov. 2.

At 1 a.m. Nov. 3 at the apartments, located at 45710 Spring Lane in Shelby Township, which is near Ryan and West Utica roads, Kanwarbir Malhi, 25, was shot by officers from the Shelby Township Police Department after exiting a vehicle in the parking lot of the apartment complex, where he was a resident. Authorities stated he refused to comply with their orders, and they believed he might have possessed a weapon at that time. Authorities later determined that Malhi was unarmed.

According to the Shelby Township Police Department, the patrol officers’ vehicles have dashcam video from four different angles that captured the incident.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reviewed the incident and presented its investigation to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office. The county prosecutor did not file charges against the officers involved in the shooting.

“In light of recent inquiries into our investigation, we welcome the Attorney General’s office to review our investigation, facts and findings that were presented to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office,” Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said in a press release. “We will provide the Attorney General’s office anything they need as we remain open and transparent.”

Nessel pledged transparency and an unbiased look at the case.

“As Attorney General, I have consistently advocated for a thorough, comprehensive and objective review of all officer-involved shootings, particularly those which result in fatalities,” Nessel said in the press release. “This matter will receive an exhaustive review and analysis with an impartial lens and, when completed, our department is committed to transparency in our decision-making process, irrespective of the outcome. Justice demands nothing less.”

Shelby Township Deputy Chief Mark Coil said the incident was turned over to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and the Prosecutor’s Office immediately after the shooting for review.

“The matter was immediately turned over to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department for investigation. Their completed investigation was then forwarded to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, where it was reviewed and closed without charges being issued,” said Coil.