MSP Investigates Violent Overnight Crime Spree throughout metro Detroit

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DETROIT, MI – The lone suspect in a violent overnight crime spree is dead and has been identified as Allan Farris, 56-years-old, of Detroit.Allan Elton Farris

The roughly 10-hour ordeal spanned nearly 20 miles of the metro Detroit area and included two carjackings, two shootings that injured two women, two attempted carjackings, one of which involved an an undercover MSP trooper, and shots fired at police.

Farris was found deceased following an exchange of gunfire with members of the MSP Emergency Support Team (EST) in the city of Detroit.

The MSP is the lead investigating agency with detectives from the Secure Cities Partnership Major Case Unit and First District Investigative Response Team assigned.

Based on the preliminary investigation, the following is a general timeline of events:

  • 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 3 – Report of attempted carjacking and shooting near Joy and Morton Taylor roads in Canton; female victim is in good condition.
  • 9:05 p.m. – Report of attempted home invasion and shots fired in Canton; no injuries.
  • 9:15 p.m. – Report of home invasion, shooting and carjacking in Canton; female victim in good condition.
  • Police track Farris to the Northville area in the stolen vehicle. Farris refused to stop, crashed and fled on foot.
  • Report of carjacking and kidnapping in Northville Township; female victim dropped off in Highland Park and is in good condition.
  • 3:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 4 – Attempted carjacking of undercover MSP trooper in the city of Detroit. Gunfire is exchanged; unknown at this time if Farris was injured in the exchange.
  • 7:20 a.m. – MSP EST members observe Farris hiding behind a garage near Bradford and Flanders streets in the city of Detroit and attempted to use non-lethal force to take him into custody. Farris fired at the officers and MSP EST members returned fire. Farris is located deceased.

No injuries to officers were sustained. Consistent with investigative protocol, all MSP officers involved in the shootings were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Agencies assisting the MSP in responding to the various incidents and in the search for Farris included the Canton Police Department, Northville Police Department, Highland Park Police Department, Detroit Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.