A Michigan police officer broke down in tears in the middle of a street after fatally shooting a 19-year-old woman who allegedly opened fire during a Juneteenth parade Saturday, according to cell phone video shared on Twitter on Sunday.
In the video, the officer is seen approaching the driver’s side of a silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo with his gun drawn.
“They just started shooting at this little Monte Carlo out here on Saginaw Street. I don’t know who this is but check on ya’ll people,” the woman filming says. “Real sh*t. He just shot the f**k out of somebody’s windshield.”
The officer is heard yelling at the occupant of the car, later identified as Briana Sykes, to show her hands.
“Let me see your hands. Put your hands up,” the officer shouts. “Let me see your hands.”
The officer moves to the rear of the vehicle while still aiming his firearm at the driver’s side window. As the officer walks closer to the car, several shots ring out before the car starts slowly rolling forward.
The officer is then seen collapsed on the ground with his hands on his face. Another officer consoles the distraught officer as several police vehicles arrive at the scene.
The officer involved in the shooting writhes on the ground, and loud sobbing can be heard on the video.
“He just killed them. He just f**king killed them bro,” the woman filming says as another woman in the back seat begs her to “get the f**k down.”
Officials said Michigan State Police are investigating the officer involved shooting.
“Preliminary investigation indicates the officer, who was working a traffic point for the Juneteenth Celebration Parade, was fired upon by the lone occupant of a vehicle who drove up to him at the traffic point. Upon taking fire, the officer returned fire, striking the suspect,” the agency tweeted.
“The officer was not injured, nor were any bystanders who were in the area. This incident remains under investigation,” it continued.
“No police officer looks forward to using fatal force,” a Michigan State Police spokesperson told Fox News. “The emotional impacts of an incident such as this are far reaching.”
One witness told Fox 2 that he believed the shooting was justified.
“I feel like the police was doing his job he had a life to protect, ” said the witness. “Not only his, but we had a parade full of kids.”
“I kind of feel like him dropping, it was the devastation of the whole situation,” the witness added.