Man shot dead by Dearborn officer as he assaulted woman with knife, police say
DEARBORN, MI – A 43-year-old man was shot dead early Sunday morning by police in Dearborn while responding to a domestic violence call in an apartment building.
Several calls were made by a 39-year-old woman shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 27 in the 22000 block of Park Street. She told a dispatcher that she was being assaulted by her boyfriend.
Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said the boyfriend was assaulting the woman with a knife, and further calls were made that she was stabbed in the face and throat.
The information was corroborated by witnesses and officers who heard the woman calling for help.
“The officers made the appropriate decision that a speedy entry had to be made,” Haddad said. “They forced open the apartment door and took the assailant away from the woman, during which the assailant was fatally shot by the police who responded. The assailant was armed with a knife.
Haddad, who attended the scene, described the apartment as “very tight quarters” and said it was “quite chaotic”. He said the incident took place in the bathroom.
He said it was not the first time that police officers have responded to the same apartment for domestic violence calls.
They were also called around 10 p.m. Saturday night when people felt threatened in the hallway of the building, but the man, a Caucasian male, had left the scene before police arrived.
The Dearborn Fire Department responded to the scene to provide first aid to the victim, a white woman and the man.
“The hospital doctor would have commented if they hadn’t done what they did at the scene, the outcome for the woman would have been very different,” Haddad said.
The victim was seriously injured with stab wounds to the face, head and throat, but has since stabilized and is expected to be fine, the police chief said.
The man, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining several gunshot wounds.
Haddad did not provide the name of the officer involved in the shooting, but he noted that the officer has been a 15-year veteran of the department.
“I’m not going to compare it to another shoot,” Haddad said when asked by reporters. “I’m going to say that given the climate in the country and the way officers are attacked across the country, our officers relied on their training and did what they were supposed to do this morning.
“They weren’t running smoothly,” he says. “They came in and did what they’re supposed to do.”
The officer involved in the shooting will likely be put on administrative leave, but Haddad said that remains to be determined.
The investigation was turned over to Michigan State Police, but Haddad said an internal investigation would be carried out simultaneously by the department.
Police said the man had multiple felony arrest warrants and was a parolee.