The death of Hakim Littleton sparked protests in Detroit. His brother even said he wanted a meeting with the mayor and police chief.
However, body camera footage shows Littleton firing twice at the advancing officer, missing both times.
The officer didn’t flinch and attempted to tackle Littleton before he was fired upon by other officers. Craig described the officer as an American hero.
Fox News reports newly released body and dash-camera footage by Detroit police in a deadly officer-involved shooting shows the suspect fired at police first before officers fatally shot him.
The death of 20-year-old Hakeem Littleton Friday sparked protests throughout the city, but Police Chief James Craig said the video puts rumors that Littleton was unarmed to bed.
Craig said at a news conference following the shooting that Littleton was no more than 3 feet away from officers when he suddenly pulled a 0.25 caliber semi-automatic pistol out of his pocket and began shooting at officers as they faced each other.
“It’s simply a miracle he wasn’t struck in the head,” Craig said about the officer, who was unharmed.
Officers were investigating a shooting that occurred at a block party during July Fourth weekend and arrested a separate man, Darnell Sylvester, who had an outstanding warrant against him for drug distribution.
Police were not investigating Littleton and were not planning on arresting him for anything but Craig said Littleton, who was standing next to Sylvester during the arrest, said “you are not going to take my man, in other words, take him into custody,” before he began firing at police.
Littleton fired two shots before three officers returned fire with four shots. Littleton continued shooting even as he fell to the ground, firing two more shots that missed police.
“There were eight shots fired in five seconds. Four fired by three officers, one officer fired two shots, and then four shots fired by the suspect,” Craig said.
“As Littleton raised the gun in his left hand he was aiming at the head of the officer,” Craig added