Three Flint police officers on leave after fatal shooting incident

Associated Press • Feb 25, 2019 at 8:00 AM

FLINT – Three Flint police officers have been placed on administrative leave following a vehicle pursuit and fatal shooting Sunday morning.

A vehicle pursuit involving Flint police ended around 2:20 a.m. Feb. 24 in an officer-involved shooting on westbound Interstate 69 at Center Road.

Flint Police Detective Sgt. Tyrone Booth issued a statement Sunday afternoon that reads “As a standard practice, the officers involved in the shooting are now on administrative leave while the investigation is being conducted.”

The victim has been identified by Flint and Michigan State Police as Tommy John-Ernest Kirby, 41, of Flint. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Flint police officer is receiving treatment for a minor injury sustained during the incident.

The incident started when Flint police were dispatched to the area of Iowa Avenue and Broadway Boulevard to investigate a suspicious person.

When an officer made contact with the person, the person fled the area in a vehicle which began a pursuit that ended on westbound I-69.

Traffic was diverted off westbound I-69 at Center Road for several hours as police combed over the scene.

The Michigan State Police Crime Lab out of Bridgeport responded to the interstate along with the Michigan State Police’s Third District Special Investigations section.

Michigan State Police Lt. Duane Zook noted they were not involved in any other portion of the incident aside from assisting Flint police on the interstate.

He added the police officer’s injuries did not come as a direct result of the shooting.

The incident remains under investigation.

Flint and Michigan State Police will provide additional information on the incident “in the coming days,” Booth said.

Wind gusts nearing 50 MPH leave hundreds without power in mid-Michigan

Hundreds are without power across mid-Michigan as high wind gusts have knocked down trees and wires across the region.

Spotty outages are being reported across by Consumers Energy in Genesee County, Shiawassee County, Saginaw County, and Midland County.

The larger outages are located near Mills Township in Midland County where approximately 300 customers are without power.

More than 200 customers have had power knocked out in the area of Saginaw County’s Thomas Township, while roughly 100 customers are being impacted between Montrose Township in Genesee County and Maple Grove Township.

Top wind gusts reported by the National Weather Service as of 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 include 43 miles per hour at Bishop Airport in Flint, 47 MPH at MBS International Airport in Tittabawassee Township, and 45 MPH at Saginaw H.W. Browne Airport in Buena Vista Township.

A high wind warning is in effect until 4 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25 for Saginaw, Genesee, Lapeer, Midland, St. Clair, Bay, Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac, Oakland, and Shiawassee counties.

“Sustained winds from the west at 30 to 40 mph with gusts of 50 to 60 mph will persist through this evening,” reads the warning. "Brief intervals of gusts exceeding 60 mph are also possible. The highest gusts are most likely during the late afternoon and evening hours."

Driving is expected to become hazardous for high-profile vehicles, especially on north and south roads, and unsecured items outdoors may be damaged.

Residents are advised to have flashlights and batteries, non-perishable food, extra water, clothes, blankets, and to charge phone and chargers.

Ice falling from Mackinac Bridge smashes through truck’s windshield

MACKINAW CITY, MI - One person reportedly suffered minor injuries today when a chunk of ice fell from the Mackinac Bridge and smashed through a truck’s windshield as the vehicle was crossing the span.

Nicole Rogers told NBC TV station WPBN today that she was a passenger in a car crossing the bridge from the Upper Peninsula to the Lower Peninsula around 10:15 a.m. Sunday when she saw chunks of ice falling from the top of the bridge.

The car she was in moved into another lane to avoid the ice. But the truck in front of her was hit by one of the pieces.

The truck’s male driver was the only person in that vehicle, and he pulled into a gas station once he arrived in Mackinaw City, Rogers told the station. She said the man looked like he’d suffered cuts in the incident.

Witnesses reported at least two vehicles crossing the bridge were hit by falling ice today, just before the bridge closed briefly to all traffic this morning. It re-opened a short time later, with an escort required.

High winds and blizzard conditions are forecast for all of today, and and are expected to intensify late this afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Poor visibility, high winds and falling ice are a few of the reasons the Mackinac Bridge Authority can decide to shut down the span that connects Michigan’s two peninsulas. To see the current conditions on the bridge, check here.

Since 1995, the Mackinac Bridge has closed at least 20 times for weather issues. Its longest closure - nearly 20 hours, was in January 2018.

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