A teenage lady was killed Saturday after she fired photographs at Flint, MI, police officer who returned hearth. The incident passed off a brief distance from Flint’s parade for Juneteenth.
The lady, recognized by Newsweek as Brianna Sykes, 19, died in a hospital on account of her accidents, in line with experiences.
A Flint lady reportedly drove as much as the officer, who was directing visitors in the course of the parade and started capturing at him for an unexplained cause, in line with WDIV, an NBC-affiliated tv station. The incident passed off round 2:15 p.m on Saturday.
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“Preliminary investigation signifies the officer, who was working a visitors level for the Juneteenth Celebration Parade, was fired upon by the lone occupant of a automobile who drove as much as him on the visitors level,” Michigan State Police mentioned. “Upon taking hearth, the officer returned hearth, placing the suspect.”
The officer in query was not injured, however residents who participated within the parade mentioned the sudden lethal violence is one thing they will sadly keep in mind on town’s first official Juneteenth celebration.
“We are going to honor our ancestors, spotlight our heritage, have fun our group all weekend, and rejoice in our solidarity,” mentioned April Prepare dinner-Hawkins, an organizer of the parade mentioned in a pre-event press launch. “We’re working collectively to ensure that this yr’s celebration of Juneteenth is larger and higher than ever earlier than within the Metropolis of Flint. Seeing so many brothers and sisters come collectively to create a wide range of celebrations this yr—the primary yr Juneteenth is an official Flint vacation—is particularly significant.”
Attending the parade was Olympic gold medalist, feminine gentle middleweight boxer Claressa Shields, a Flint native who has recorded 77 wins towards 1 loss.
The officer who was attacked is on paid go away because the investigation takes place.