Driver fatally shot by police in Royal Oak

April 11, 2018

A driver was fatally shot by police after he fled a traffic stop Tuesday in Royal Oak, authorities said.

An officer tried to pull over the motorist around 6:10 p.m. near 13 Mile and Woodward but the man did not stop, investigators said in a statement.

The same officer soon spotted him about a block away, at a White Castle drive-through near Coolidge, according to the release.

Police did not describe what led the officer to open fire but acknowledged the driver was wounded, fled east from the parking lot and struck a vehicle on 13 Mile near Shenandoah.

Officers and paramedics treated the driver, who was the only occupant of the car. The man, whose name and age were not released, was transported to Beaumont Hospital and pronounced dead.

The driver of the other vehicle also was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The officer involved in the shooting is to be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. Other details were not released.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact sheriff’s officials at (248) 858-5000 or the Royal Oak Police Criminal Investigation Division at (248) 246-3456.

It was the second time in as many days someone died in an encounter with police in Oakland County.

Robert George Issa was fatally shot Monday outside his home in Troy after he allegedly shrugged off a stun gun deployment and lunged at an officer with two knives, a preliminary police probe found. Investigators say the 23-year-old had a history of mental health issues and was hospitalized at least three times since last July after visits prompted by his reported violent outbursts.

The officer involved in the Monday shooting was placed on administrative leave. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

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