A 7 Year Old Girl Shot By A Police Officer



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A 7-year-old girl was shot and killed at a home in Detroit early Sunday when a police officer’s gun discharged during a search for a man suspected in the shooting death of a local teenage boy, police said.

Detroit Police Assistant Chief Ralph Godbee said an officer executing a search warrant with the department’s Special Response Team was engaged in a scuffle with a 46-year-old woman when the officer’s gun discharged and struck Aiyana Stanley Jones, 7, in the “head-neck area.” She was pronounced dead at St. John’s Hospital.

“This is any parent’s worst nightmare,” Godbee said at a news conference today. “It’s also every police officer’s nightmare. Today this nightmare is all too real.”

Godbee said the team of officers went to the home in east Detroit to search for a 34-year-old man they suspect is responsible for the death of 17-year-old Jarean Blake, who was gunned down on Friday in front of his girlfriend.

Because of the “ruthless nature” of Blake’s murder, Godbee said officers approached the home search as “high risk,” prompting them to use a “flash bang,” which flashes a bright light and causes a large noise, to disorient those inside the home. Godbee said the team identified themselves as police officers before entering.

According to preliminary information, the flash grenade did not stop a woman inside, reportedly Aiyana’s grandmother, from struggling with an officer in the front room of the home.

Godbee said a full investigation is underway with regard to what happened inside the home, but he said it appears the officer and the woman had “some level of physical contact” before the officer’s weapon discharged and shot Aiyana, who was laying on a couch.

“This is a tragedy of unspeakable magnitude to Aiyana’s parents, her family… all those who loved her and quite frankly to the city of Detroit,” Godbee said. “Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences go out to the family. It is a tragedy we also feel very deeply through the ranks of the Detroit police department, especially our Special Response Team members, who are taking this extremely hard.”

Godbee also said police are not yet categorizing the shooting as accidental, although he said “we don’t believe the gun was discharged intentionally.”

The officer involved in the incident is suspended with pay as Detroit police launch an investigation.

“We might be the target of anger,” Godbee said. “All we can do is stand ready to offer our condolences to the family, and any help we can give them.”

The suspect in Blake’s murder was apprehended and arrested inside the home, along with the woman that scuffled with police. The car witnesses identified as belonging to the suspect in Blake’s murder was also found at the home. No charges have been filed.

It does not appear to be lost on the Detroit police department that attempting to bring justice in one young person’s death has led to another tragic loss.

“We have executed countless high risk warrants where children have been present,” Godbee told the Detroit Free Press this morning. “This was a perfect storm for tragedy.”   This is so sad.  We are praying for her family. But why was the officer even fighting? Why didn’t the officer use pepper spray or a taser? – Courtney L.




20 responses to “A 7 Year Old Girl Shot By A Police Officer”

  1. tt says:

    THIS SHIT WAS NO MISTAKE GOD BLESS THE LITTLE BABY GIRL, POLICE IS GOOD FOR OING THINGS LIKE THIS I AM FROM NYC AND I GOT ARRESTED FOR NO REASON NEVER HAD A RECORD OR ANYTHING MY TWIN BOY COUSINS HAD A FAMILY FIGHT THEY WERE 15 YRS OLD THE POLICE WERE CALLED U KNOW TO LIKE CALM THEM DOWN HOW THEY HAVE HANDCUFFS ON IN A POLICE VAN N THE OFFICER WAS BEATING THEM BAD ALL I SAID WAS WHY R U BEATING THEM LIKE THAT THEY ALREADY HAVE HANCUFFS ON WITH THERE HANDS BEHIND THERE BACKS ANOTHER OFFICER TOLD ME TO MINDS I SAID NO THATS WRONG ALL I HEARD THEM SAY WAS ARREST THER ASS THEY THREW ME ON THE FLOOR N EVERY FUCK THE POLICE THEY R FROM SHIT

  2. keith says:

    this is really fuck up what these officers did! hope the family can get though this. don’t know how I would act

  3. dd says:

    even though that wasnt my daughter i would have be crying into i freaken die because i would love my daughter that was fucked up like why would they shoot her im this crying right now because i dont why they did that so bye i will send you another comment later.love for ever.

  4. LongLegged says:

    Gandma in there fighting with an officer b/c she knows whoever they are looking for, she protecting. And in her fighting to protect a MURDERER, a 7 yr old get shot and killed. Good protecting Grandma…smh.

  5. mzjordan says:

    that shit fuckd up i think that police officer should go tew jail because he did shot a lil gurl that dent have shit tew do wat was goin on outside……………..omg im prayn for her family

  6. nicci says:

    thats just sad

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  8. Nesia says:

    This is awful…thoughts and prayers to the family 🙁

  9. TEE TEE says:

    I THINK THAT WAS SO SAD WHAT THE POLICE DID TO THAT YOUNG GIRL SNAPPED HER LIFE RIGHT BEFORE THE BLINK OF AN EYE BE STRONG FAMILY ONLY GOD NO WHAT YOU R GOING THREW.

  10. ABCDEFG says:

    To be honest, I’m not as mad as I am with the police as I am with the older woman….
    Granted they are all dumb and responsible for different reasons
    1. police should have had a better understanding of the lay out of the property and the residents
    2. the woman should have never had that criminal in the house to begin with
    3. that woman should have never intiated an altercation with police

    had all these things been done/taken into consideration she would still be here
    The sad part about the 46 yr old woman is that she wont be charged with a crime when she is just as responsible, she’s going to get paid, and never going to take accountability for her role in it)fyi: the officer’s gun discharged wasnt INTENTIONALLY shot) ….DUMB A____’S

    People complain about the law enforcement officials committing crime all the time; but how about we let them do their job, start snitchin, stop crossing crime scene barriers, stop hiding fugitive’s, cut out being ride-or-die chicks for aint ish people

    NUFF SAID

  11. denise says:

    actually long legged they had the wrong apartment. they went in through the wrong entrance. i live in detroit and this is sad. just a sign of things to come

  12. admin says:

    Thank you for all your responses. This is an issue that happens throughout the world. The problem is that we have the solutions but we are not willing to take a stand to prevent things like this from happening. -Courtney L.

  13. Had enough says:

    NUFF SAID….You wouldn’t be talking that smack if this was a member of your own family. How do you know any thing that has been printed is actually how it all occurred? There are three sides to every story. Yours, Theirs, And the Truth……remember this child was in her home … the police knew children were present at that resident.

    They said the woman struggle with the cop…well her story seems to be different. No one needs to be throwing stones until the facts are straight.

    after all a child lost her life at the hands of someone who is to protect and serve…mainly our children.

  14. Rainbo says:

    i think diz iz so sad. datz a friend of mines family memba. yea grandma waz tryin 2 protect da man, but she didnt kno it waz gonna end like diz. mah prayerz goes out 2 da family.

  15. gotstodobetter says:

    God bless Baby Girl, her family, the police and the City of Detroit. I cannot imagine anybody let alone a police officer intentionally shooting an innocent child, and I know that this will affect the officer greatly. Whether the family gets paid or not is irrelevant. There is no amount of money that the devil can create that will ever ever ever take away the feeling of losing a loved one, especially a child.

    Rest in peace baby.

  16. BERYL says:

    THATS FUCKED UP SMH

  17. MAMA 3X says:

    THIS IS A VERY SAD SITUATION…….GOD BLESS BABY GIRLS FAMILY

  18. Kristina says:

    For someone that lives in the metro Detroit area and lived in Detroit for the most part of my life, it’s just heart breaking to see what the city has become. A seven year old dead? I mean seriously? The last thing they should’ve ever done was allow people outside of the city to be on the force. Now you have hot headed cops that could give a rats ass about the citizens of the city killing us then going back to their posh neighborhoods without a care in the world. Now a mother is without her daughter and a child has not truly lived out her life because of recklessness. So sad.

  19. PARIS13 says:

    OMG THAT SHIT IS SAD IT SEEMS LIKE THEY ARE ALWAYS TAKING THE CHILDRENS LIVES WHY CANT THEY JUST LEAE US KIDS ALONE AND LET US LIE OUR LIVES

    RIP LOVEYA

  20. LUCY103 says:

    HA HA THAT GIRL AINT DEAD U STOOPID BITCHES AND IF SHE IS O FUCKING WELL LOL

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