(Photo: Ross Weaver, KTHV)
Michael Daniel (Photo: Kino Blacksher)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - THV 11 is learning more about what sparked a Little Rock police detective to shoot and kill a man suspected in a burglary Friday morning.
Police said that there was a fight between the deceased suspect, Michael Daniel, Jr., and one of the detectives chasing him down by foot Friday. Police said Daniel, 25, tried to get the detective's gun, and that's when a second detective came in, fired his gun and killed him on the scene.
A Little Rock neighborhood, along Brown St. near 15th St., quickly turned into a crime scene Friday. Neighbors looked on while police investigated why an officer shot and killed a suspect in broad daylight.
"Our burglary detectives were in the area following up on some information they received, they believed what they saw to be a burglary in progress," Sgt. Cassandra Davis said.
Davis said detectives saw a man near a home loading items into a gray Toyota Camry driven by a second suspect. They followed the car until the Camry stopped and the two men took off running.
During a foot chase, police said Daniel, of Little Rock, appeared to surrender but then charged and fought with a detective. Police said Daniel knocked the officer down and tried to get his weapon. That's when another detective fired his own gun and shot Daniel, who died on the scene
"Being in this type of situation, it's like this stuff actually goes on in real life," Trey Alexander said.
Trey Alexander and his mom live on the block where the shooting happened. His mother, who let us talk to her son, said they came home after the fact.
"I got stopped by there on 13th Street, and I just wanted to get home and let my dog out," Tammie Alexander said.
They were panicked about a neighborhood turned upside down Friday, with police on scene from the morning until night.
By phone, THV 11 News talked with the aunt of the victim late Friday night. She said that Daniel was shot in the back while running from police. The aunt said before that happened, Daniel did get into it with a detective, but he never tried to grab his gun. The aunt said her nephew was not armed, and the detective should not have shot him to begin with.
Police also arrested a second suspect in this case, 26-year-old Marcus Davis of Little Rock. He faces charges on capital murder, burglary, theft and fleeing. Police said the capital murder charge stems from Davis being involved in a felony where someone was killed.
The police department also put the two detectives on administrative leave while this case is reviewed. Officials said one detective received minor injuries during the struggle but didn't require hospitalization.