Woman shot and killed after police chase

Photo by Zeinab Najm Dearborn and Michigan State Police investigate the scene where a woman was shot and killed by a Dearborn police officer after she attempted to flee a traffic stop on Hubbard Drive and the Southfield Service Drive this afternoon.

Photo by Zeinab Najm
Dearborn and Michigan State Police investigate the scene where a woman was shot and killed by a Dearborn police officer after she attempted to flee a traffic stop on Hubbard Drive and the Southfield Service Drive this afternoon.

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — A woman was shot and killed by Dearborn police this afternoon after she fled Fairlane Town Center, 18900 Michigan Ave.

The incident began just after 4 p.m. when the 31-year-old woman caused a disturbance and fled the mall after a security officer attempted to speak to her.

Police were then called to the scene when the woman driving away in a black Chevrolet HHR almost hitting the mall security vehicle.

The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop near The Henry Hotel in the area of Hubbard Drive and the Southfield Service Drive. As the officer excited the vehicle, the woman reportedly tried to run him over and leave the scene.

“The officers attempted a traffic stop on Hubbard at which time the suspect refused to stop and eventually became stuck in traffic,” Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said. “As officers approached the vehicle to arrest the driver, the driver again attempted to flee after clearing traffic and almost struck a police officer.”

The police officer drew his weapon and fired multiple shots at the woman. The woman was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. A second officer suffered minor injuries.

The woman’s name was not released. State Police is conducting the investigation.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com)