07/09/2007

Detroit officer shoots man who tried to take his gun

By Melissa Domsic
The Detroit News

DETROIT, Mich. A Detroit Police officer shot and killed a 30-year-old man who tried to take an officer's gun while being arrested on the city's west side early Saturday morning, police said.

Officers pulled over a car at about 1 a.m. on Euclid that matched descriptions of a car involved in a robbery, said Second Deputy Chief James Tate.

Police removed two people from the car for questioning. As officers handcuffed one man, he struggled and attempted to grab the officer's gun, Tate said. The officer's partner then fatally shot the man in the chest, he said.

It is unclear if the car was involved in the robbery, but a handgun was recovered from inside, Tate said.

The officer who shot the man will be on administrative duty while investigations proceed, he said.

Copyright 2007 The Detroit News

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