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Plymouth Officer Shoots, Kills Man in Disturbance Case

The officer assisted Plymouth Township with a disturbance call late Sunday at Joy and Lilley roads.

A city of Plymouth police officer shot and killed a man late Sunday while on duty in the area of Joy and Lilley roads in Plymouth Township, according to Plymouth Director of Public Safety Al Cox.

The officer, who was in the area, was the first on the scene to assist Plymouth Township Police with a report of a disturbance in progress just before 11 p.m. Sunday, Cox said. Two other offices were en route, Cox said, at the time of the shooting.

The victim, who lived in the area, was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. Police are withholding his identity. 

Cox said the officer, whose name is not being released, is not currently on duty, but appeared to be "fine" after the incident. Cox did not say what prompted the officer to fire his weapon.

Cox said "it's been decades" since the last fatal shooting by a Plymouth officer, noting there hadn't been any such cases in his time with the department.  

Cox declined to discuss specifics of the case because Michigan State Police is investigating the shooting, as is standard procedure for officer-involved fatalities.

A message was left Monday afternoon with Michigan State Police officials seeking more information.

Kim October 27, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Dave and I were friends for over ten years. We grew up together. He was a great friend who didn't have a mean bone in his body. He would never "attack" an officer. I'm willing to bet he was just holding it and turned and this pussy of a cop "feared for his life" shot him. He could have shot him anywhere else that would have sufficed. Why do you think they won't release his officers name or any details. Isn't it odd that nobody will release any statement of any kind because they don't want jeopardize their case. God forbid Plymouth ruin their good name and take the heat of a wrongful death.
Brad Jensen October 28, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Police are trained to handle situations like this with non-lethal force. Drawing their weapons should be a last resort. I don't know the specifics of this case, but I would like to know why the officer didn't call for back-up or shoot the guy in the leg.
Jess October 30, 2012 at 01:32 PM
So what your saying is that its ok that theres a kid dead for breaking out a window in " your community" like Plymouth is so great.. Oh and by the way HE WAS FROM YOUR COMMUNITY!!!!!! No one deserves to die for stupid shit like that.. I think Plymouth PD needs to worry about all the nasty child molesters in your awesome community.. I think its funny that you try to justify this as right when even other officers think it was wrong..
Jennifer December 11, 2012 at 08:38 AM
officer alexander fox
maria January 25, 2013 at 11:30 PM
thank you everyone for standing up for my brother, i find it amusing people who have NO IDEA what the back story of the situation was are so quick to pass judgement. i pray to GOD that nothing horrific happens to you or your family, and then have ignorant outsiders say they deserved it.

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