- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

LANSING TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A man killed by police during a Lansing-area traffic stop displayed a gun before he was shot in a car, investigators said Tuesday.

But the driver of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo said the victim, Randall Minier Jr., was not threatening officers and showed the gun simply to alert them.

“They shot right through the back window,” driver and Minier friend Tyrell Washington told the Lansing State Journal (https://on.lsj.com/12YSsUs ). “They didn’t ask no questions, nothing. Just shot.”

Washington was driving with Minier, 27, and another passenger when Lansing Township officers stopped the car in a residential neighborhood Monday.

Minier “displayed a gun to the officers,” Michigan State Police said in a statement. “One of the Lansing Township officers fired his weapon at the passenger. The passenger was later pronounced deceased.”

Minier has a criminal record involving drugs and resisting police in Clinton County, according to the state Corrections Department, and therefore cannot have a gun.

An autopsy is pending. The state police will conduct the investigation and give any findings to the Ingham County prosecutor. Two officers have been placed on paid leave.

The car is registered to Washington’s girlfriend. The newspaper interviewed her at home hours after the shooting and Washington arrived and described what happened.

Minier’s grandmother said he was a night cook at an Irish bar after being hired as a dishwasher. He didn’t finish high school.

“He was a good worker. They loved him to pieces,” June Minier said. “I loved him to pieces, and I always will.”


Information from: Lansing State Journal, https://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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