In December 2022, a 33-year-old man named Ali Naji entered the Dearborn police station carrying a stolen 9 mm handgun. He attempted to shoot at an officer in the lobby, but the gun malfunctioned, and the officer behind the front desk fired shots at Naji, killing him. The incident sparked controversy, and Naji’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Dearborn police. The police department and Michigan State Police conducted separate investigations into the shooting.
Recently, Dearborn police released footage of the incident and provided additional details about what happened that day. Watch below:
The Dearborn Police Department have released video footage from a fatal OIS that occurred in the station’s lobby when an armed individual entered and pointed a handgun at the officer behind the front desk.
— Shane B. Murphy (@shanermurph) March 16, 2023
According to Chief Issa Shahin, Naji had visited his former workplace, a salon, where he stole the gun and headed straight to the police station. He parked a black SUV in front of the lobby and walked into the building with the gun in his pants. As soon as he entered the lobby, he attempted to shoot the officer behind the front desk, but the gun malfunctioned. The officer fired 17 bullets in 4.5 seconds, and Naji fell to the ground. He did not fire any rounds from his gun.
It is unclear how many bullets struck Naji. The officer behind the desk shouted “gun” several times to alert others in the station. No civilians were present in the lobby at the time of the shooting, but the building was busy due to a toy drive taking place during the holiday season.
After the shooting, officers cleared the scene and approached Naji for medical attention. An ambulance arrived within seven minutes and took him to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The police department faced criticism and a wrongful death lawsuit from Naji’s family. However, the released footage and additional details shed more light on the incident and the actions taken by the officer in response to the threat posed by Naji.