State to investigate Sterling Heights police shooting of suspect

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published September 16, 2019

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A suspect is in critical condition after allegedly showing a weapon to police in the early morning Sept. 16, prompting officers to fire, according to Sterling Heights and the Michigan State Police.

According to Sterling Heights police, officers were sent to the 40000 block of Bonaparte Avenue, near Van Dyke Avenue and Utica Road, at around 3:30 a.m. for a report of multiple people arguing in the street. 

Police went to the address they believed was the source of the argument, and someone allegedly stepped out from the home and “presented a weapon towards” the police officers present. Police reportedly fired upon the suspect, hitting the individual more than once. 

The suspect, who is only identified as a male, was hospitalized and was reported in critical condition. Police said no one else was injured. 

Police said the Michigan State Police are now investigating the incident. Sterling Heights police Lt. Mario Bastianelli could not be reached for comment.

The Twitter account for the Michigan State Police Metro Detroit Post, @mspmetrodet, offered a couple of details that differed with the city’s report. The Michigan State Police said the incident took place in the 43000 block of Bonaparte at around 5:30 a.m. They confirmed that the officers involved weren’t hurt and that the suspect is in critical condition.

“A weapon has been recovered and there is no danger to the public. The Sterling Heights Lab is on scene and detectives are processing the scene,” the tweet states.

Anyone who has more information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Michigan State Police by calling (517) 332-2521.

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