One killed as two cars get into shootout in Inkster

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The Inkster Police Department said one person is dead after two different cars got into a shoot out Thursday afternoon.

Police said they got the first reports of two vehicles engaged in a shoot out on Cherry Hill around 4 p.m. Multiple callers reported that two different people in two different cars were shooting at each other.

According to police, one of those cars crashed into a house near Middlebelt and Cherry Hill. Police said the man driving that car sustained a fatal gunshot wound before he crashed into the house.

Police initially said they did not have any information on the suspects. However, around 6 p.m., Inkster police said they arrested a suspect just a few feet away.

Police are still investigating.

Update: The car crashed into the home of Roosevelt Roots.

“I was sitting here while watching TV and I heard a noise, like a bomb or something,” he said.

The man inside the car was leaned over the steering wheel with bullet wounds.

Neighbor Brandon Barnes, who lives across the street, said he was playing Xbox when he heard several gunshots go off outside his home.

“We (saw) someone run down the sidewalk with a pistol in their hand,” said Sabrina Listopad, who was with Barnes inside the home.

Investigators said that man had had an argument with the driver of the Kia and unloaded. The victim tried to get away.

“The driver came out on to the main road where he lost control, hit a pole, then struck a house,” said Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Saw.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. By this time, the suspect had been taken into police custody.

“We were able to track down a possible suspect a few yards away from the location,” said Inkster Police Lt. Jeffrey Twardzik, adding they also found a weapon.

With the victim dead and the suspect behind bars, neighbors are trying to make sense of what happened while salvaging what is left of their sense of security.

“We have been here 37 years and have never seen anything quite like this,” Roots said.