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Officers involved in deadly shooting submit formal reports of incident

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

New details have been released as Michigan State Police continue their investigation into an officer-involved shooting that left a suspect dead. 

Officers were called to W. Michigan and Leo in Saginaw County after a man was killed and a Saginaw Township police officer was shot about 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19.

An investigation by Michigan State Police found a Saginaw Township Police officer stopped a vehicle driven by 38-year-old Farhad Jabbari on suspicion of drunk driving. Investigators said the officer performed field sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test. Both appeared to show the suspect was highly intoxicated, police said. 

Jabbari was arrested for drunk driving. 

As the officer began to fill out paperwork things went wrong. Investigators said the officer realized Jabbari was tampering with his handcuffs, freeing one hand from the restraint.

"The suspect slipped his handcuffs from behind of him to the front of him. So the officer and another officer opened the rear door of the patrol car," Saginaw Township Police Chief Don Pussehl said.

>>Click here for police dispatch audio of the incident<<

Michigan State Police report Jabbari began assaulting the officer when he attempted to restrain him. Investigators said Jabbari gouged at the officer's eyes and a struggle ensued near the rear of the police vehicle. 

A second officer was also on scene and immediately tried to help in restraining Jabbari. Michigan State Police said within only 2-3 seconds of opening the passenger door of the police vehicle, several shots were fired and the second officer was hit, as well as the suspect. 

Jabbari was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Investigators said during the struggle, the arresting officer shot the suspect multiple times, resulting in his death. One of the bullets fired by the arresting officer struck the second officer in the upper arm. The bullet went through his bicep and out the other side. 

Pussehl said the officer lost a lot of blood from his arm, but a tourniquet was administered at the scene. Both officers were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of their injuries from the struggle. 

They have since been treated and released. 

The two officers involved are veteran officers, one with nine years of experience, the other with 12, MSP reports. Currently, both officers are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the Michigan State Police investigation.

"There is nothing routine about any traffic stop. Every stop is different and unique to its own. At any point things can go sideways, go south," MSP Sgt. Duane Zook said.

Witness statements, as well as video and audio from the scene, showed the entire struggle and shooting was very quick and lasted only seconds, according to Michigan State Police. 

TV5 has learned Jabbari was a pharmacist and a Ferris State University graduate.

He was charged in 2016 with assaulting a police officer and resisting and obstruction, also domestic violence. He plead no contest to domestic violence, and the other charges were ultimately dropped.

Jabbari's attorney Greg Meter said the domestic violence incident was against a family member and Jabbari appeared in court just over a week ago to show he had successfully fulfilled court-ordered requirements related to that charge.

"When I found out it was our neighbor it was shocking, overwhelming," said Jabbari's neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous.

The woman lived next to Jabbari's family for more than 15 years.

"He was a son to us. He was a neighborhood older person that looked out for us. He was very compassionate, loving, always willing to help us," she said.

She insistes Jabbari was a caring man. She said his death is a loss for the community.

"His smile was just compassionate, giving person. And we really will miss him and the family. Couldn't ask for a better neighbor," she said.

Investigators are still waiting for a final autopsy report and toxicology results. Detective are also compiling all witness statements and physical evidence gathered from the scene. 

The two officers involved in incident submitted their formal reports of the incident on July 25.

A final report will be released when the investigation is complete, state police said. 

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