ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (WXYZ) - According to police, a 911 call around 6:30 Sunday night drew police to Lakeland Manor Banquet Hall in St. Clair Shores. The initial report indicated the suspect had a gun.
Sources say several dozen people were inside the banquet hall celebrating a baby shower.
Police arrived and found a suspect matching the description they’d been given over the phone. The suspect reportedly ignored several demands before trying to run away from police, which is when K-9 Axe confronted the suspect.
The department declined to speak on camera, but offered an explanation and time line of events which describes the moment Axe chased the suspect and was shot as follows:
"Axe was deployed and upon confronting the male, shots were fired from a handgun by the male, striking the K-9. St. Clair Shores Police Department officers returned fire, striking the male.”
As a result of the shooting, both the shooting suspect and K-9 Axe were killed.
The shooting suspect was identified by the Macomb County Sheriff's Office as Theoddeus Gray, 29, from Detroit.
K-9 Axe was rushed to an emergency veterinarian office where he died. A large crowd of police and K-9 handlers showed up at the vet's office. K-9 Axe was carried out of the hospital draped with an American flag and escorted away in a procession of police cars with flashing lights.