Michigan State Police said Troopers fatally shot an armed man in Detroit on Tuesday night. According to troopers, the man first shot at the helicopter, which was flying over the area.
The incident occurred at about 7:30 p.m. when the helicopter was flying nearby. The suspect, identified as a 33-year-old male, allegedly pointed a laser into the cockpit from a second-floor window of a home.
Soon after, he reportedly showed up with a high-powered rifle and shot in the direction of the helicopter. While the shots missed the target, a trooper can be heard reporting that the suspect had just shot at them in a video the MSU shared on Twitter.
Officer Involved Shooting Update:
Members of the joint homicide task force are continuing their investigation in to the shooting involving two state troopers from the Metro South Post. 1/ pic.twitter.com/iuF5V8SA4m
— MSP Second District (@mspmetrodet) January 25, 2023
“We got somebody hitting us with a green laser up the rear of the house up a window,” the trooper said.
“He might be armed, he almost looks like he’s holding a long gun pointed at us right now … yeah, he’s shooting at us right now,” he continued.
The crew in the helicopter — two of them, according to the police — asked ground units to respond to the scene. When they got to the location, the suspect opened fire on the helicopter and at the troopers on the ground, who returned fire at him. He died at the scene.
Upon a search of the home, officers found five firearms. This does not include the one found on him, which he allegedly used to shoot at officers.
According to the police, no trooper or bystander was injured in the shootout, as the suspect was alone in the home at the time of the shooting. The helicopter was also unscathed.
Authorities are yet to determine the reason the suspect shot at the helicopter. However, they said that the incident is under ongoing investigation as members of the homicide task force have taken it up.
Pending the results of the investigation, the troopers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave. Per MSU, they have served in the police unit for nine and two years.