PORT HURON, MI – The Port Huron Police Department is investigating an officer involved shooting on Pine Grove avenue between Church and Elmwood Street.
On Saturday, January 5th, 2019, at 7:16AM, Port Huron Police Officers were dispatched to the McDonalds at 2509 Pine Grove Avenue on a report of a 21-year-old man, of Lexington, who was stabbing himself in the parking lot. The caller, who did not know the man, described ab attempted carjacking in the McDonald’s parking lot before the suspect began walking south on Pine Grove Avenue. Officers arrived quickly who stopped the suspect to speak with him. Within seconds the suspect, who was still armed with a knife and covered in blood, charged the officers in an aggressive manner. Multiple commands were given to drop the knife, but the suspect refused.
One of the officers, acting in self-defense, shot the suspect multiple times. The suspect continuesd to advance towards the officers even after he was shot. He was eventually subdued and was treated then transported by the Port Huron Fire Department and Tri-Hospital EMS. The suspect is in critical condition.
Per department policy, the Michigan State Police was contacted to handle the investigation and the officers involved were put on paid administrative leave while the incident is being investigated.
Michigan State Police is the lead investigating agency and are being assisted by Port Huron Criminal Investigative Division and Major Crimes Unit (MCU). Port Huron Police road patrol and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office road patrol assisted at the scene.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call the Port Huron Police Department at (810)-984-2378 or St. Clair County Central Dispatch at (810)-985-8115.
The name of the suspect has not yet been released pending arraignment later this coming week. Criminal charges will be forwarded to the St. Clair County Prosecutors Office for review.