A 19-year-old woman lost her life on Saturday after allegedly getting into a shooting confrontation with a police officer close to a Juneteenth parade in Flint, Michigan, as the authorities have reported.
What are the details?
The confrontation took place on Saturday afternoon, near the Juneteenth Champions Parade, NBC affiliate WEYI of Saginaw reported. The officials have revealed that the suspect opened fire first.
A cellphone video obtained by NBC News and subsequently verified by the police shows a portion of the incident. In the video the police officer can be seen pointing at a stopped car and saying, “Let me see your hands. Hands up.”
The officer next used his gun and the vehicle started forward. After that, the police officer got to his knees and appeared to be in emotional distress while another officer came to console him. It is not clear what happened in the moments before the video started.
The state police said that the suspect drove their vehicle up to a “traffic point” close to the Juneteenth parade in Flint and after that opened fire on the officer. The parade was rerouted, as WEYI reported.
The police officer was not injured, as stated by Michigan State Police. The suspect, whose name has not been published, passed away at a hospital in the area after the Flint incident.
“I waited two hours for the Juneteenth Parade on Saginaw Street only to find out it was interrupted by a shooting less than a mile away. Flint we must do better. This is sad!” was a comment on social media after the terrible confrontation.