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Man Tried Shooting Cop In Dearborn PD Station But Weapon Malfunctioned; Cop’s Weapon Didn’t

Dearborn, MI – A Dearborn police officer fatally shot a suspect who barged into the police station and pointed a stolen gun at him on Sunday afternoon, according to investigators.

The incident occurred in the lobby of the Dearborn Police Department (DPD) located in the 16000-block of Michigan Avenue at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 19, The Detroit News reported.

Investigators said a uniformed DPD officer was sitting at a desk behind a sliding window with bullet-resistant glass when 33-year-old Ali Naji walked through the front door and pointed a gun at him from approximately five feet away, according to WJBK.

Police said the gun malfunctioned when Naji attempted to fire it.

But the officer’s duty weapon functioned properly.

“The individual attempted to fire the gun at the officer, prompting the officer to discharge multiple rounds that struck the individual,” DPD Chief Issa Shahin told WJBK.

Naji was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No officers or members of the public were injured during the incident, WJBK reported.

The officer involved in the fatal shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave, as per protocol.

The officer’s identity was not immediately released.

The Michigan State Police (MSP) are handling the ongoing investigation into the incident, WJBK reported.

They said that the firearm Naji used in the failed attack was a 9mm handgun that had been stolen approximately one hour before the shooting.

The MSP noted that Naji had a history of mental illness, but they are still working to determine a motive, WJBK reported.

The DPD’s front lobby remains closed while the investigation continues, WXYZ reported.

The agency has established a temporary office on the east side of the building for citizens to access the DPD in the meantime, according to the news outlet.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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