Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Thursday she will review a 2018 fatal shooting of a Shelby Township man by township police to determine whether charges should have been filed against law enforcement who were involved in the incident.
Kanwarbir Malhi, 25, was shot after getting out of a vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex where he lived along Spring Lane. Authorities said he refused to comply with orders and they thought he may have had a weapon. They later determined he was unarmed.
The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office investigated the November 2018 death. The county prosecutor’s office reviewed the case, and no charges were authorized against the officers involved, the sheriff’s office announced in a release in February 2019.
Nessel said in a release Thursday that she agreed to review the case.
“As Attorney General I have consistently advocated for a thorough, comprehensive and objective review of all officer-involved shootings, particularly those which result in fatalities,” she said. “This matter will receive an exhaustive review and analysis with an impartial lens and, when completed, our department is committed to transparency in our decision-making process, irrespective of the outcome. Justice demands nothing less.”
Sheriff Anthony Wickersham also was quoted in the release.
“In light of recent inquiries into our investigation, we welcome the Attorney General’s Office to review our investigation, facts and findings that were presented to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office,” he said. “We will provide the Attorney General’s Office anything they need as we remain open and transparent.”
Township police said in a release: “We had an officer involved fatal shooting in November 2018. The matter was immediately turned over to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department for investigation. Their completed investigation was then forwarded to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, where it was reviewed and closed without charges being issued.”
Wickersham said Thursday that the case was brought up during a protest Monday in the township. He said his office received inquiries, and he spoke with the Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday.
Ryan Jarvi, Nessel’s press secretary, said in an email that this was a request from the sheriff’s office. Malhi’s family could not immediately be reached for comment.
Shelby Township police responded to a residence at Spring Hill Apartments on Nov. 2, 2018 for a complaint of unauthorized driving away of an automobile. Police said the complainant said her son, Malhi, stole her 2005 Honda from the residence. She said he did not have a valid driver’s license and was using illegal narcotics, police had said.
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They said another family member indicated Malhi had stated that if police were called, he “would not be taken alive and made mention of suicide by cop,” according to the sheriff’s office prior release.
A township police officer on patrol saw the stolen vehicle in the apartment complex about midnight. Malhi was driving and parked the vehicle within the complex.
Several township police officers responded and gave verbal commands to Malhi, who was not compliant with the officers’ verbal commands and said he was armed with a gun, according to the sheriff’s office.
It said he continued not to comply with the officers’ commands, abruptly got out of the vehicle and made movements toward his jacket pocket. A township officer, who was not named in the prior release, fired one round from his department-issued shotgun, hitting Malhi, the sheriff’s office had said.
It said officers immediately gave aid to Malhi, who was taken to Troy Beaumont Hospital and pronounced dead.
Seven township officers were on the scene when Malhi was shot, the sheriff’s office had said.
No gun was found on Malhi or in his vehicle, the sheriff’s office said last year.
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The office said the incident, from the time township officers arrived…