Flint, MI – A Flint police officer was ambushed by a female motorist as he was working near a Juneteenth parade on Saturday (video below).
The officer was directing traffic near the location of the Juneteenth Celebration Parade when the attack occurred at approximately 2:14 p.m., Michigan State Police (MSP) tweeted on Saturday afternoon.
The shooter, later identified as 19-year-old Briana Skyes, pulled up in a two-door silver car and started shooting at him, MSP Lieutenant Kimberly Vetter told The Detroit News.
Cell phone footage recorded by a bystander showed the officer pointing his duty weapon at the car and ordering the lone occupant to show her hands.
“Preliminary investigation indicates the officer, who was working a traffic point for the Juneteenth Celebration Parade, was fired upon by the lone occupant of a vehicle who drove up to him at the traffic point,” the MSP said. “Upon taking fire, the officer returned fire, striking the suspect.”
Skye’s vehicle slowly rolled forward after the exchange of gunfire, the video showed.
The officer who returned fire collapsed to the pavement and appeared to break down sobbing as a fellow officer ran up to cover him.
Skyes was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead, The Detroit News reported.
No officers or bystanders were struck by gunfire during the incident, the MSP said.
Lt. Vetter said the MSP will be handling the ongoing investigation into the shooting at the request of the Flint Police Department (FPD), The Detroit News reported.
“At this point, we cannot comment on a motive,” she said.
“Evidence indicates she did shoot first,” Lt. Vetter said, according to the Daily Mail. “The bystander videos, we do have them and we are using them as part of our investigation. And there are other surveillance videos in the area…that’s typical investigative protocol that they would be checking any other video that was available at that incident.”
The officer’s identity has not been released.
He has been placed on administrative leave, as per protocol.
A witness told WJBK the officer had no choice but to return fire in the midst of the brazen attack.
“I feel like the police was doing his job he had a life to protect, ” the witness said. “Not only his, but we had a parade full of kids.”
The officer was visibly distraught afterwards and could barely stand without help.
“I kind of feel like him dropping, it was the devastation of the whole situation,” the witness told WJBK.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content and Obscene Language:
WARNING GRAPHIC ⚠️ Police-involved shooting in Michigan leaves a 19-year-old woman dead. It's unclear what transpired before the video was recorded. pic.twitter.com/mySob07Npw
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