UPDATE: Suspected shooter dies after confrontation with Flint Police
FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) (6/19/2021)--ABC12 is following reports of a Saturday afternoon shooting involving a Flint police officer that turned fatal.
Investigators say the suspect shot first, approaching a Flint Police Officer working the city’s Juneteenth parade route in her car and opening fire.
It happened just after 2:00 Saturday, blocks away from the event north of downtown Flint near a gas station on Saginaw Street.
Michigan State Police have since identified the suspect as a 19-year-old Flint woman. She was initially taken to Hurley Medical Center for treatment but later succumbed to her injuries.
A line of police cars blocked off Saginaw Street, taping off the area surrounding a gas station and maintaining a wide cordon at the time of publication. A grainy video circulating online showed what appeared to be a standoff between an officer and the driver of a silver car in the gas station parking lot.
A witness claimed he was feet away from the shooting. He wished to remain anonymous:
“I saw an officer maybe ten feet to the left of me in front of a car with his gun out. I didn’t see if anybody shot out of the car but I did see the officer shoot into the car and I could tell that he, from his look, like he mortally wounded somebody. He instantly fell to the ground crying because I felt like he didn’t want to do whatever he had to do.”
Michigan State Police will head up the subsequent investigation, as is standard procedure in cases where police are involved.
Stay with ABC12 on air and online for any new developments.
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