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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Police Station Shooter's Motive Was 'Suicide By Cop'

1-25-2011 Michigan:

4 Officers Shot Sunday; 2 Still Hospitalized

DETROIT -- Local 4 has learned that Detroit police believe the motive behind the 38-year-old man who opened fire inside a police station Sunday, wounding four officers, was to be killed.

"There's nothing in this that makes sense, at all," Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee told reporters during a news conference on the case.

Godbee said Monday that the motive was unclear.

However, Local 4 learned on Monday that there is an ongoing sex crime investigation involving the gunman, who police said was Lamar Deshea Moore.

The ongoing sex crime investigation, coupled with the fact that Moore entered the station armed, has led police to believe he walked into the station on Sunday with the intent of being shot and killed by officers.

At about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Moore walked into Northwest District's 6th precinct and fired at officers.

"In a split second, their life changed," Godbee said. "The perpetrator's intent was evil. But these men and women ... performed to the standard that they were trained to."

Moore shot Commander Brian Davis, Officer David Anderson, Sgt. Ray Saati and Sgt. Carrie Shultz.

Davis, who is in charge of the precinct, was shot in the hand and side. He underwent surgery Sunday and is listed in stable condition at a Detroit hospital.

Anderson is also hospitalized in serious condition.

Saati and Shultz were treated and released.

Moore was killed when police returned fire.

Godbee said video of the shooting would be released but didn’t say when. ..Source.. Click-on-Detroit

Detroit police release dramatic video of precinct shootings

1-29-2011 Michigan:

(CNN) -- Detroit Police on Friday released a graphic surveillance video that shows a gunman indiscriminately firing inside a police precinct and lunging across a counter to continue a shootout in which he was killed and four officers were wounded.

Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee said his department released the 68-second video of last Sunday afternoon's gunbattle to show the "tremendous acts of heroism" of officers and to be transparent in its investigation.

Lamar Deshea Moore, 38, walked into the precinct with a shotgun and "indiscriminately began firing," Godbee said earlier in the week. Moore was fatally shot when officers returned fire.

Moore's motive is not known, although he was being investigated for possible sexual offenses involving a minor girl. He also had a relative who was scheduled to be sentenced for double homicide, Godbee said.

The video does not show all of those involved in the incident, Godbee told reporters. "We are thankful to God that all four members who were injured are going to be OK," he said.

The footage provides two angles of the station and a large semicircular counter. Officers are shown talking with each other behind the counter before the gunman approaches and opens fire.

A shoe repairman also was in the station, police said.

Several officers crouch and return fire with handguns. After a barrage of rounds, Moore, clad in a jacket, leaps over the counter and continues the gunfire.

He and a seriously wounded officer exchange rounds at point-blank range, before he circles around the table and collapses, mortally wounded.

Assistant Police Chief Chester Logan walked reporters through the video, detailing the timeline. The gunman apparently ran out of ammunition, Logan said.

The video was broadcast Friday night by CNN affiliate WDIV.

Other Detroit officers had gone by Moore's home several hours before the shooting at the precinct, but he was not at home, Officer Dan Donakowski told CNN this week.

The home where Moore was staying caught fire early Tuesday and was heavily damaged, police said. Detroit Fire Capt. Kwaku Atara told CNN on Wednesday the fire has been ruled arson.

According to an affidavit filed Tuesday by the U.S. attorney's office in Detroit, Moore obtained the shotgun used in the precinct shooting from a felon, although the affidavit does not specify how the gun was obtained.

Two of the injured officers have been released from the hospital. Cmdr. Brian Davis, who was shot in the back and suffered other injuries, and Officer David Anderson, who was grazed in the head, were facing a longer recovery, authorities said.

The shooting has led to the reassessment of security measures by police officials. According to the chief, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has committed to bringing in resources necessary to provide a safe environment, and interim measures will be put in place. ..Source.. by CNN Wire Staff

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