See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Michigan AG reopens investigation of deadly police raid in Detroit

Posted By on Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 5:28 PM

click to enlarge Terrance Kellom - MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
  • Michigan Department of Corrections
  • Terrance Kellom

The Michigan Attorney General’s Office is investigating what prompted a federal agent to fatally shoot a 20-year-old Detroiter in April 2015.

The decision came after one of the key witnesses, Detroit Police Officer Darrell Fitzgerald, changed his story while testifying in a civil wrongful death lawsuit in November.



Terrance Kellom was shot and killed at his father’s house on the city’s west side while a multi-agency task force was trying to arrest him on an armed robbery warrant.

The original story was that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Mitchell Quinn shot Kellom because he was armed with a hammer and charged at the agent.

While testifying four years later, Fitzgerald said Kellom did not have a hammer.

"This corroborates what the family of Terrance Kellom, who witnessed the shooting, have said all along: That Terrance did not have a hammer, did not pose a threat to any officer, and was executed," Nabih Ayad said in a press release Tuesday. 

"This is an important public issue that needs to be addressed as it is not every day that a police officer changes his statements to tell the truth of what really transpired in the killing of a young African-American male," Ayad said.

Stay on top of Detroit news and views. Sign up for our weekly issue newsletter delivered each Wednesday.

Tags: , , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 20, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation