originally by: The Detroit News
published: 8th October 2010
Michigan State Police officials said Thursday they are close to wrapping up their investigation into the shooting of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was killed by a police officer during a raid.
Capt. Harold Love, who is overseeing the investigation into the May 16 incident, said the probe could conclude “any day now.”
“We’re still waiting for lab results from evidence taken from the scene,” Love said. “There was some DNA processing that needs to be done, and that always takes the longest. But that’s the last piece of the puzzle. We were told a month ago that it could be four to six weeks, so we’re hoping we’ll have those results back soon.”
Aiyana was shot in the head after officers from the Detroit Police Special Response team raided an east side home in search of a suspected killer. The incident, in which a flash grenade was tossed into the home, was captured by a film crew from the A&E network’s true-crime show, “The First 48.”
After the shooting, Mayor Dave Bing banned reality camera crews from accompanying police on raids.
Southfield attorney Geoffrey Fieger, who is representing Aiyana’s family in a lawsuit against the city, claims he saw a second video, filmed by a Detroit Police videographer, that showed the fatal shot was fired from the porch outside the home. Fieger said the video refutes police claims that the officer’s gun went off after he had physical contact with Aiyana’s grandmother, 46-year-old Mertilla Jones, in the living room.