MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (WJBK) - UPDATE: The sheriff's office ruled the deadly force was justified. You can read more about their findings here.
The Macomb County Sheriff's Office is preparing to release its investigation of the fatal shooting at a baby shower earlier this month in St. Clair Shores. A police dog and a 29-year-old father-to-be were killed.
Sheriff Anthony Wickersham will discuss the shooting at a press conference Wednesday morning, where photographs and video are also expected to be released. The press conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. You can watch live when it begins on FOX 2 News Now here on our Facebook page.
Police dog Axe was killed in the line of duty on November 3, 2018. He had been a sworn canine officer since 2016. On the day he was killed, he was running after a man who had a gun, police said, when the man shot him.
This happened outside Lakeland Manor Banquet Hall on Harper. The family of the suspect, Theoddeus Gray, is still trying to come to terms with how the incident ended with him being killed by police at his own baby shower.
Gray's family told us the 29-year-old grabbed his gun and went outside to protect his family after someone had threatened him. The owners of the banquet hall called police and said a man was outside with a gun.
Police claim when they arrived that Gray ignored officers' demands to drop the gun, and that's when police sent in Axe. Axe was running after the suspect, when police say Gray shot the dog. Police returned fire and Gray eventually fell to the ground. Gray's family says police shot at him more than 10 times.
The sheriff's office hasn't commented on the case until now. Gray's family has hired an attorney to investigate the shooting as well.
"They do not believe that their son was armed at the time of the shooting, and no forensics or ballistics have been released concerning the dog that would link a gun or a bullet to any weapon that may have been in possession of Theoddeus," attorney Vince Colella told us.
This story will be updated with information from the sheriff's press conference.