Girl, 7, Shot Dead by Detroit Cops
Aiyana Jones killed in search for homicide suspect
By Jane Yager, Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2010 2:54 AM CDT
Aiyana Jones, 7, was shot and killed yesterday when a police officer's guyn accidentally discharged.   (AP Photo/Family Photo via The The Detroit News)

(Newser) – In what a police spokesman called every parent's—and police officer's—nightmare, Detroit cops accidentally shot to death a 7-year-old girl yesterday in the midst of a hunt for a homicide suspect. Aiyana Jones was sleeping on a couch when police threw a flash grenade through a front window of her home that landed on the girl, burning her. An officer then stormed into the house, wrestled with Aiyana's grandmother, and his gun went off, killing the girl.

Police had a warrant to search the house and later found the suspect, the fiance of Aiyana's aunt. Neighbors said they warned police there were children in the house and pointed out toys in the yard. Police now fear anger over the shooting will erupt in riots in the streets, they told the Detroit News.The shooting is the latest evidence that violence is spiraling out of control in the city, the Detroit Free Press reports.

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tntradguy
May 18, 2010 2:15 PM CDT
First cops are taught to use the guns as a last resort. That is why they use the flash grenade. It disorient the household so they can apprehend the suspect without shooting them. Second if Grandma attacked an officer with a drawn gun then she is threatening. Third If there are kids in the home why do you harbor a suspect in a homicide. They found his vehicle there that was used in the crime. Forth there were cameras there, even if these were trigger happy cops they would have been on their best behavior.
peacenique
May 18, 2010 1:54 AM CDT
I'm not sure how everyone gets off blaming the police. If this grandmother, or the step-mother, or the aunt had a care for the safety and well-being of this child (and God knows how many others) would they have been harbouring a known criminal? Seems to me this probably would not have happened if they cared more for the safety of the children. Damned if I'd put my own at risk like that. Let's blame the police! Let's take no responsibility our own actions! Seems to me they are damned if they do and damned if they don't. I, for one, am glad there are brave folks that'll don blues and a badge.
STACCEE
May 18, 2010 1:47 AM CDT
THEY CAN RIOT ALL THEY WANT BUT IT WILL ONLY LEAD TO MORE DEATHS AND INJURIES. THIS IS SO DAMN SAD, BUT THE COPS DON'T GIVE A DAMN, ALL THEY DO IS SHOOT FIRST AND ASK LATER. YEA THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT US, BUT DAMN THEY KILL US MORE THAN PROTECT. BUT THEY ALWAYS GET OFF