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Beline Obeid

Shortcut leads officer to recent crimes


July 10, 2014
CITY OF GROSSE POINTE — A shortcut through eastside Detroit turned adventurous for a City of Grosse Pointe public safety officer.

Although Detective Christopher Lee shaved distance by cutting through Detroit from southbound Moross to westbound Mack shortly before 3 p.m. Monday, June 30, he lost time.

Driving southbound on Canyon from Chandler Park in Detroit, he came upon a man lying in the crosswalk at Southampton.

"I stopped to check on (his) condition," Lee said. "A witness (said) the subject had just been hit by a red Dodge pickup that fled the scene."

The man had cuts to his head and arms.

"(He) was in and out of consciousness while speaking to me," Lee said.

Lee notified Grosse Pointe dispatchers to alert Detroit police and medics.

Meanwhile, successive witness statements made the drama more complicated.

"A secondary witness (said) the subject driving the vehicle may have been involved in an altercation with (the victim) prior to the accident," Lee said.

Two City officers arrived as backup.

They confirmed the victim had been shoplifting at the CVS in the 18500 block of East Warren, according to Lee.

About 10 or 15 minutes later, the driver of the red pickup arrived.

"(He said) he was responsible for hitting (the victim) with his vehicle, but did not see him at the time he hit him," Lee said.

"He stated that (the victim) stepped in front of his vehicle and (he) heard a 'thud,' but left the scene and went home because traffic in the area was too heavy to stop."

Questioning by City Lt. Michael Seidel revealed another subplot.

"(The driver) confirmed he was involved in an altercation with (the victim), during which (the driver) fired one round of a shotgun," Lee said.

City officers turned the scene over to Detroit police.

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