20-year-old suspect fatally shot by officer during arrest
A 20-year-old man was fatally shot by a fugitive task force officer trying to serve a warrant in Detroit Monday.
Police say Terrence Kelom charged the officer with a hammer, leading to the shooting.
"They are saying it was an old warrant that he had was the reason he came," said Lakeisha Watkins, the victim's cousin. "But that boy was changing his life around. He has a baby, a little girl due any day now."
Family members say he was a good kid who made some bad decisions. They said police had no reason to shoot the man also known as "TT" in front of his parents and sister.
"He was reaching for his father when they killed him," said Larry Watkins, his uncle. "That boy had nothing in his hands. And they did that. They executed him. Ten shots, that's execution."
Detroit Police Chief James Craig spent much of Monday trying to restore the calm in the 9500 block of Evergreen, where the shooting happened.
"I am told there was no forced entry into the residence," Craig said. "That they were allowed inside and let in. I am also told the agent may have been faced with a threat. It was at that point he decided to use deadly force."
Sources tell FOX 2 Kelom, who had a criminal history that included robbery and weapons charges, approached the agent with a hammer.
Once the investigation is complete, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office will decide whether the agents actions were warranted or charge-worthy.
"Police is supposed to protect and serve," Lakeisha Watkins said. "Sometimes they make mistakes, too."
Craig says his department plans to hold a neighborhood meeting in the next 48 hours so that they can work on the relationship because it's something that is important to him.