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Detroit Police Department shot and killed a woman during an alleged mental health crisis

Detroit, Michigan.
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Detroit, Michigan.

A 27 year old woman is dead after being shot by Detroit police responding to a mental health crisis last night. Three officers are on leave as Michigan State Police investigate.

Chief James White says DPD was responding to a 911 call placed by a family member that indicated the woman was threatening others with a firearm. He says while some family members were able to leave the premises, two young children were inside the home when officers arrived.

“When they rushed into the house, she reaches or runs towards the gun, gets the gun and then there’s a struggle between the first officer inside the home and her and they’re wrestling back and forth. And another officer fires.” said White.

White says the woman did not fire the weapon. He says four rounds were discharged by officers at the scene. DPD is not naming the woman or the officers involved.

Eli Newman is a Reporter/Producer for 101.9 WDET, covering breaking news, politics and community affairs. Newman is an award-winning radio journalist and was named the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Broadcast Rising Star in 2017. His work has appeared on NPR, Marketplace and the Detroit Free Press among others. Newman joined WDET as a newsroom intern in 2014 and is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he first worked in radio at the student-run station WCBN.