FLINT TWP. — Dominique Charon Lewis, 23, of Flint, has been identified as the person fatally shot by a township police officer during a traffic stop last week.
On July 16, at approximately 6:15 p.m., a Flint Township police officer conducted a traffic stop on Flushing Road near Eldorado Street, according to a press release issued by township police officials.
There were four occupants in the vehicle — three adults and one child. During the course of the investigation, a backup officer was called to the scene. As officers were removing the third occupant from the vehicle, a backseat passenger, later identified as Lewis, allegedly climbed over the front seat into the driver’s seat and attempted to flee the scene in the vehicle.
The backup officer, a 19-year veteran with the department, attempted to stop the vehicle from driving off and was nearly struck as the vehicle accelerated and swerved at him, according to the police report. The officer discharged his duty weapon into the car, fatally wounding Lewis.
The officers immediately rendered aid and summoned paramedics and an ambulance. Lewis was transported to Hurley Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. The three occupants who had been removed from the vehicle were not injured. They were later released.
The Michigan State Police have been requested by Flint Township Police to conduct an external review/investigation of the incident. Investigators located a pistol in the vehicle and the investigation has revealed that Lewis was a convicted felon and on parole.
Michigan Department of Corrections information indicates that Lewis served time for assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder in 2008. He was sentenced in February 2010 and released on parole May 13 of this year.
The police ‘in-car” camera systems were functioning during the traffic stop and recorded the incident. The recording has been turned over to investigators. Upon completion of the investigation, the facts will be presented to Genesee County Prosecuting Attorney David Leyton.
Flint State Police Post Commander Gene Kapp said all media comment is being deferred to Flint Township Police Chief George Sippert. Kapp said the MSP investigation is underway and will take several weeks before a report is ready for the county prosecutor.