Detroit Police Chief James White speaks during a news conference at Detroit Public Safety Headquarters Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. The chief spoke about the murder of a woman who suffered from a mental health crisis at his West Side home on Thursday.

Detroit woman in mental crisis killed in gun fight with cop

Detroit police fatally shot a woman with a mental health crisis accused of assaulting her child and mother at a West Side home Thursday night.

The woman and a Detroit police officer were engaged in a gun fight when three other officers fired four bullets at her inside the house in the 15700 block of Meyers Road, the Detroit police chief said. , James White, at a press conference Friday morning. The woman did not fire the gun, he said.

“(What) we’re all going to be looking to understand and unpack with this investigation is what led the officers to decide to come in, if that’s our policy, if the policy of lethal force is applies,” White said.

“And there will be strict liability if the policy has been violated.”

It was the woman’s mother and grandmother who called police around 6:20 p.m. Thursday, according to White. They had gone to the house to check on the woman’s children, aged 7 and 1.

There, the woman’s mother realized her daughter was going through a mental health crisis and the woman’s 7-year-old child had been hit in the head. The mother told police her daughter suffered from schizophrenia and was armed with a bat, knives and had access to a gun, according to White.

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