In their search for a homicide suspect yesterday, police raided a family home in Detroit, fatally shooting a seven-year-old girl:
Upon entering the home, the officer encountered a 46-year-old female inside the front room, Godbee said. "Exactly what happened next is a matter still under investigation, but it appears the officer and the woman had some level of physical contact.
"At about this time, the officer's weapon discharged one round which, tragically, struck 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley Jones in the neck/head area."
The girl was immediately transported to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Godbee said he and other officers went to the hospital while others stayed at the home to execute the warrant.
Aiyana's father, Charles Jones, told CNN affiliate WDIV, "She was sleeping and they came in the door shooting and throwing flash grenades ... burned my baby up and shot her, killed her."
I don't have much sympathy for people who are reasonably suspected of homicide; I'm also not convinced that the best way to capture that suspect is by throwing flash grenades into a family home with small kids (like this other recent raid where another seven-year-old was present) and charging in, during the middle of the night, with a group of pumped up SWAT officers carrying semi-automatic weapons. I mean, police have other—better, safer, away from small kids—ways of catching suspects, right?