Officer-involved fatal shooting ruled justified

FLINT — Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton announced in a press release Monday that no charges will be issued against a Flint Township Police officer who was involved in a fatal shooting this past summer.

On July 16, 2014, the officer stopped a car traveling west on Flushing Road for speeding. During the stop, the officer asked the driver for consent to search the vehicle and the driver gave consent, according to the press release.

About this time, a backup police officer arrived on the scene. The officer who had made the initial stop then asked the occupants to step out of the vehicle so it could be searched. The driver and two other occupants complied. However, the fourth occupant, later identified as Dominique Lewis, 23, moved from the back seat to the driver’s seat and started to drive the car away.

The backup officer on the scene then tried to stop Lewis by standing in front of the vehicle and yelling, “Stop! Police!” multiple times but Mr. Lewis continued to drive the vehicle at the officer nearly striking him. The officer pushed away from the vehicle and fired two shots at Mr. Lewis in self-defense and to prevent his escape.

Lewis was immediately given emergency aid by the officer and a physician who was passing by. Lewis was transported to Hurley Medical Center in Flint where he later died.

During a search of the vehicle, a loaded pistol was found under the front passenger’s seat. Ammunition matching the bullets loaded in the pistol was found in Lewis’ possession. The gun was stolen and illegal for Lewis to possess because he was a felon convicted of Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm in Genesee County Circuit Court in 2008 and was sentenced to prison at that time.

The Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office has conducted a thorough review of the

Michigan State Police investigation of the officer-involved shooting and concluded that it was justified under Michigan law. — R.S.

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