Crazy. That was the response of three Michigan law enforcement officials to the revelation that Detroit police Sgt. Justin A. Lewis fatally shot six-month-old Malachai Dominguez on Tuesday near an abandoned house where a woman and child slept in the dark.
“He killed Malachai because we can’t stand by and let him die,” Michigan State Police Lt. Brian Murphy was quoted by Fox 59 News as saying of Lewis, who was charged on Friday with reckless conduct. The department would not release the names of the officers involved, who would probably be cleared of any wrongdoing.
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In the early hours of March 7, Lewis was trying to respond to a call of a man who was attacking a woman with a knife. He went to the porch, entered the door, and heard the woman’s screams — but could not find the man — according to the report.
As Lewis was running to the porch, his gun went off and he lost control, falling several feet to the ground.
#ad#While fleeing the scene, Lewis ran across an area littered with tree trunks and bushes. A neighbor called 911. Officers were quickly on the scene, and Lewis was arrested on charges of murder, attempted murder, and malicious wounding. He was being held in the Washtenaw County Jail on Friday, while investigators wait for toxicology results.
Lewis’s shooting — and the media’s reaction to it — has sparked intense debate since it was made public early Saturday.
“The police are not going to be able to keep everything under wraps forever,” said Dave Hodges, whose son, Matthew, was fatally shot by a Detroit police officer in 2011 during a fight with another man. The shooter, Wayne County Circuit Attorney Kym Worthy, was subsequently convicted of failing to deliver evidence to an indicted defendant. And, despite widespread criticism of the shooting, Police Chief James Craig remains on the force and the office has an open investigation.
“One of my concerns in the case is that there have been too many high-profile police shootings, so I don’t expect the people of Detroit to get a fair shake. People are going to look at every angle,” Hodges told the Free Press.
Hodges’ sentiment echoed that expressed publicly by the family of 5-
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