FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A 19-year-old Michigan woman died after exchanging gunfire with a police officer who was controlling traffic near a weekend Juneteenth parade, authorities said.
The Flint officer was “fired upon by the lone occupant of a vehicle who drove up to him at the traffic point,” state police said on Twitter. “Upon taking fire, the officer returned fire, striking the suspect.”READ MORE: The Detroit Zoo To Host Its Final Weekend Of Family-Friendly Halloween Event 'Zoo Boo' Oct. 22-24
The woman was identified as Briana Sykes, 19, of Flint. No one else was injured Saturday.
It wasn’t known yet why Sykes shot at the officer, Lt. Kim Vetter of the state police said Monday.READ MORE: Kalamazoo Tests For Lead Exposure Following High-Lead Level Reports In Other Michigan Cities
Flint resident Keith Lewis said the shooting was shocking on a day that commemorates the end of slavery.
“I was going to come down and get my lawn chair and sit down and really enjoy it. … Oh, my goodness. All I can do is just pray,” Lewis told WNEM-TV.MORE NEWS: Michigan Reports 7,505 New COVID-19 Cases, 118 Deaths
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