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Detroit undercover officer kills suspect during early morning drag race


The Detroit Police Department says one of its officers killed a man early this morning while the shooting happened during a drag race.

Interim Police Chief James White says an undercover officer was monitoring a street racing event in an unmarked vehicle. Another car lost control doing donuts and hit the officer’s vehicle.

“He gets out. He sees our suspect who is reaching for something at this point. He yells ‘Police.’ The suspect removes a weapon, produces the weapon, he says drop it and at that time the officer uses fatal force.”

White says D.P.D. is investigating video from the scene, while the undercover officers are on leave. Detroit police increased street patrols this summer, specifically targeting drag racing and drifting.

Eli Newman
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