Lansing police shoot, kill one person after exchanging gunfire




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  • 2022-10-04 14:13:25Z
  • By Lansing State Journal

LANSING - Police Tuesday morning shot and killed a male subject after shots were fired at officers shortly after 5 a.m. outside a home in the 2000 block of Malcom X Street, Lansing Police Chief Ellery Sosebee said.

Police were attempting to serve a search warrant at a home when they encountered the individual, who threatened them with a weapon, Sosebee said. He said officers tried to negotiate with the individual, but he fired at police.

"Officers returned fire, striking the accused," Sosebee said. "Officers were able to secure the accused and render aid. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead."

According to Sosebee, officers were dispatched to the area about 12:48 a.m. Tuesday in response to a report of shots fired. After arriving, he said, officers identified a house and several stolen vehicles. They then obtained a search warrant for the location.

Police returned shortly before the shooting took place.

Sosebee did not take questions. He did not release the age of the deceased or how many officers were involved in the shooting.

He said Michigan State Police will take over the investigation.

Lansing police initially said this morning that an officer had been involved in a shooting in the 800 block of Buffalo Street, just south of Interstate 496.

The three-sentence post on Twitter at about 6:40 a.m. did not provide any details on the circumstances of the shooting.

After the shooting, law enforcement blocked off a large area and there was a large number of police at the scene. Among the units at the scene were multiple patrol vehicles, as well as the Lansing Police Department tactical team and a Lansing Fire Department medic.

At about 8:13 a.m., a large "bang" sounded from the direction of a home near the corner of Malcolm X and Buffalo streets. Officers were seen outside a pair of homes and at least one officer had his weapon drawn.

Officers were heard calling for people inside a home to come out.

Lansing police are staged outside a house near Buffalo and Malcolm X streets on Tuesday morning.
Lansing police are staged outside a house near Buffalo and Malcolm X streets on Tuesday morning.  

The area includes several industrial sites as well as numerous homes.

Sean Vanderhorst is a supervisor for Master Mowing, a landscaping company that owns a lot directly west of Buffalo Street. He lives in a mobile home on the lot, and he said he woke up about 5 a.m. Tuesday to the sound of "seven to eight" gunshots.

"It was quite a few," Vanderhorst said. "Then, I see the cops show up and then I heard like seven more (shots), then it got quiet."

He said he heard voices yelling to "get on the ground" and "put your hands up," but after that, the scene went quiet.

Vanderhorst said police instructed his company to not have employees come into work today.

This story is still developing. Check back for updates.

Contact reporter Jared Weber at 517-582-3937 or jtweber@lsj.com.

This article originally appeared on Lansing State Journal: Man accused of shooting at Lansing police killed

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