Detroit high school basketball fatal shooting may be ruled justified

MLK High shooting may be ruled justified

DETROIT - A fatal shooting in the parking lot of Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School in Detroit appears to be a justifiable homicide, sources told NewsChannel5 sister station WXYZ.

Prosecutors will make the final determination after police present their findings.

The shooting happened Friday in the parking lot of the school.

Police say a coach for the girls basketball team was walking two players to their cars after practice when they were approached by two teen boys.

Police say the teens "announced a holdup" and grabbed the coach by his chain necklace and stuck something in his chest. The girls ran as the 70-year-old coach, who is also a reserve police officer, struggled with the teens.

A source told WXYZ that on surveillance video, the coach is seen struggling with the teens and then when he is able to get some distance between himself and them, he pulls out his gun and fires at the teens, striking both of them.

Michael Scott, 16, was killed.  His body was found in the median of Lafayette Boulevard .

Scott's 15-year-old alleged accomplice in the attempted robbery is listed in serious condition at a Detroit hospital.

At first, a spokesman for Detroit Public Schools said the teens were not currently enrolled in the district. Scott's brother, Calvin Stigall, disputed that and said that a teacher told him his brother was in class on Friday, the day of the attempted robbery and shooting.

Stigall even showed some of his brother's school work that was dated January 30, 2013.

Late Monday, DPS confirmed that Scott was enrolled as a student at King High School and blamed the confusion on attendance issues.

Police sources say the coach has a Concealed Pistol License and that he is cooperating with the investigation.

Detroit Police are not saying if they found a gun on either teen. If the allegations are true, it's possible they may have been pretending to have a weapon.

The Detroit Public Schools issued this statement on Friday:

At approximately 7:30pm DPS Police responded to a call of attempted robbery at Martin Luther King Jr. High School. DPS Police are cooperating with DPD which is handling the lead investigation.
 
We are very relieved that all students and DPS personnel and representatives involved are safe and were unharmed. Preliminary reports are that shots were fired during an attempted robbery of a member of the coaching team of the school's girls basketball program by two assailants outside the school. There was one fatality and one injured suspect in serious condition.
 
The school has many security features which were in place at the time of the incident as well as a full security plan as do all DPS schools. These will be reviewed as the regularly are after any incidents.  There will be counselors available at the school Monday morning for students and faculty members. 
 
--Steve Wasko, Detroit Public Schools Spokesperson
 
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