01/25/2011

Detroit police shooter was in sexual assault probe

Lamar Moore had been the subject of a sexual assault investigation before the shooting

Associated Press

DETROIT — A gunman who was fatally shot after wounding four officers at a Detroit police station had been the subject of a sexual assault investigation before the shooting, a police spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Detroit Sgt. Eren Stephens said Lamar Moore was under investigation, but she didn't know the specifics of the case and was working to get details.

Detroit police Chief Ralph Godbee said Monday he couldn't speculate about Moore's motive in the shooting at the 6th precinct on Sunday afternoon, but noted at a news conference that a relative of Moore's was due to be sentenced in a double homicide.

Two of the four injured officers have been released from the hospital. Precinct Commander Brian Davis and Sgt. David Anderson were in stable condition Monday. An update on their condition was expected Tuesday afternoon.

The last time relatives saw Moore was when he left his sister's house in Detroit around 2:45 p.m. Sunday, said Paula Hodges, who has been acting as a spokeswoman for Moore's family.

Footage from surveillance video shows Moore entering the precinct about 4:20 p.m., then beginning to shoot.

One blast caught a sergeant in the chest area of her bulletproof vest. At least one shot grazed two other officers in their heads. Davis, who was shot in the lower back, was the most seriously injured.

Hodges said Moore had been concerned for months over his younger brother's criminal case, though he didn't blame the police for what happened. She identified Moore's brother as Venson Hibbit.

Hibbit pleaded guilty earlier this month to two counts of second-degree murder and one count of assault with intent to commit murder, stemming from a shooting last March at a Detroit auto repair shop. Hibbit was sentenced Monday in Wayne County Circuit Court to 30 to 60 years in prison.

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