By MATT LOHANSTEINThe Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — A man who died at a suburban home before he could be charged with a crime was a friend who loved his family and loved the country, according to a relative and his wife.
But as he died, his words and actions left a deep impact on the family and those closest to him, according with interviews with family members and a review of court records.
The man’s death, last week, was among the first homicides in the city of Detroit that has had high-profile homicides in recent years, according a preliminary review by the Detroit Police Department.
The deaths came at a time of heightened scrutiny of police tactics and the city’s troubled policing.
Police said they arrested Robert Jackson for the death of his brother, and he was charged with first-degree murder and first-injuring a child.
The investigation began after the city announced a two-year investigation into Jackson’s death.
The police report says the killing was not suspicious.
Jackson’s mother, Carol Williams, was one of several people who attended the funeral at the family’s home in the suburb of Southfield.
Her daughter, Nicole Williams, also was at the funeral.
Nicole Williams, Nicole’s mother: I didn’t know that Robert had been arrested for murder until this morning.
She’s not sure if he was being charged or if the investigation was over.
It’s just very sad.
She is not a big fan of cops.
She doesn’t believe in them.
We are all still shaken up.
But she said he was just trying to protect his family.
Williams and other family members said they knew Robert was not a criminal, but he did not have a criminal record and had been a good person.
He was the kind of person you want around.
His parents were great people.
He had a lot of friends.
He liked movies, he liked country music.
He loved to eat, too.
He always seemed happy and always had fun, the family said.
But the family says Robert was a victim of police misconduct.
The family says that at the time of the shooting, police were on a “stand down” order and were only looking for the suspect, not for any other people.
The woman who gave birth to Robert’s child told The Associated Press that she was so worried about him and the child, she called police to report that Robert was upset and upset.
He said he had been called a “terrorist” and “a threat.”
Robert Jackson, the baby’s father, said he didn’t feel threatened and was in fact “very proud” of his son.
He said he thought his son was just upset because he had just gotten his license back from the state of Michigan.
But he also said the police department was telling him he was a danger.
He was upset because of the situation that we were in, he said.
I was trying to do the right thing, he told the AP.
He did not want his son to have to go through what he went through.
But after a day or two, he stopped calling police.
And in the last few weeks, he became upset, saying he was trying not to be a burden to the family.
Robert’s wife, Nicole, said Robert had become more frustrated and angry and he had stopped trying to stay with his family, especially after police took away his brother’s license.
The baby’s mother said she thought Robert was angry at the officers because he didn’t want to get the police involved.
Police have not released any details about the case or the charges that were filed against Jackson.
They have not said whether Jackson had an attorney.
Jackson is the latest Detroit police officer to die since the beginning of the year.
On Jan. 12, a man was shot and killed outside a Walmart.
On March 11, a police officer was shot while responding to a call for service.
And on Feb. 18, two officers were shot and wounded during a traffic stop.
The officer who died was the first officer killed in a Detroit police operation in seven years.
On Thursday, Detroit police said they were investigating a shooting that injured three officers and injured a fourth, after the shooting of a man in the parking lot of a Detroit-area supermarket.
The victim was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the back.
Detroit police have not yet released the name of the suspect or the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the department would review all officer-involved shootings, including the case of the Walmart suspect.