Friday, February 08, 2013

MI:Detroit high school basketball fatal shooting may be ruled justified

DETROIT - A fatal shooting in the parking lot of Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School in Detroit appears to be a justifiable homicide, sources told NewsChannel5 sister station WXYZ.

Prosecutors will make the final determination after police present their findings.

The shooting happened Friday in the parking lot of the school.

Police say a coach for the girls basketball team was walking two players to their cars after practice when they were approached by two teen boys.

Police say the teens "announced a holdup" and grabbed the coach by his chain necklace and stuck something in his chest. The girls ran as the 70-year-old coach, who is also a reserve police officer, struggled with the teens.

A source told WXYZ that on surveillance video, the coach is seen struggling with the teens and then when he is able to get some distance between himself and them, he pulls out his gun and fires at the teens, striking both of them.

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