Officer-involved fatal shooting ruled justified - WNEM TV 5

Officer-involved fatal shooting ruled justified

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Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said there won't be any charges filed against a Flint Township Police officer who was involved in a shooting that left a suspect dead in Flint this summer.

A Flint Township police officer conducted a traffic stop on Flushing Road near Eldorado Street on July 16 at 6:15 p.m. There were four occupants in the vehicle, three adults and one child, police said.

During the investigation a backup officer was called to the scene.

As officers were removing a third occupant from the vehicle a passenger in the backseat, identified as Dominique Lewis, climbed into the driver seat and attempted to flee the scene in the vehicle, police said.

The backup officer attempted to stop the suspect from driving off and was nearly struck as the vehicle accelerated and swerved towards him, police said.

The officer discharged his gun into the car, fatally wounding Lewis, 23, of Flint.

"They didn't have to do this," Quan Lewis said.

Quan Lewis is the brother of 23-year-old Dominique Lewis.

"He was trying to get his life back together," Quan Lewis said.

Family members said Dominique Lewis had previous run-ins with the law, but he was trying to get things back on track. 

After the backup officer fired his gun, officers immediately rendered aid and called for paramedics and an ambulance, police said.

Dominique Lewis was taken to Hurley Medical Center where he later died. 

The three other occupants were uninjured and later released.

The Genesee County Prosecutor's Office has conducted a thorough review of the Michigan State Police investigation of the incident and concluded it was justified under Michigan law.

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