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

(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.

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)
Aiyana Jones' step aunt Kayia White and step mom Dominique Simpson, right, grieve next to a blood spattered sofa in Detroit yesterday.   (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Brandy Baker)
Charles Jones, 25, center, weeps yesterday over the loss of his daughter, 7-year-old Aiyana Jones.   (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Brandy Baker)
Aiyana Jones' stepmom Dominique Simpson cries on the front porch next to a blood-spattered couch on the porch of their home in Detroit yesterday.   (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Brandy Baker)
Detroit Police Department Assistant Chief Ralph Godbee talks about the accidental shooting of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones during a press conference in Detroit yesterday.   (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Brandy Baker)
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They blew my granddaughter's brains out. They killed her right before my eyes. I watched the light go out of her eyes. I seen it. - Mertilla Jones, grandmother of Aiyana Jones

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