3 Flint police officers remain on paid leave as shooting investigation continues

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FLINT (WJRT) (2/25/2019) - Three Flint police officers remain on administrative leave Monday after a vehicle pursuit ended with the shooting death of the man driving.

There are still several questions surrounding the death of 41-year-old Tommy Kirby. The Flint man was shot and killed at the hands of three Flint police officers just after 2 a.m. Sunday.

Michigan State Police have taken over the case, working to get answers to those questions. Investigators say Kirby led Flint police on a pursuit from the city’s east side to where the shooting happened on westbound I-69 near Center Road.

An older model Ford pickup truck that Kirby was driving came to a stop against a Flint Police Department patrol car on the freeway. Eleven bullet holes are visible in the truck's windshield.

Detectives have not determined why the pursuit ended and what led to the officers pulling the trigger.

Michigan State Police Lt. Duane Zook said a state police crime lab is working to determine whether all three Flint officers fired their guns and, if so, how many shots were fired.

Investigators say dash cameras on the Flint police patrol cars captured footage of the shooting. They are reviewing that footage as part of the investigation.

In the meantime, the three officers remain on administrative leave as the investigation continues. That is standard practice for any officer-involved shooting.

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