Good Samaritan shot after carjacked vehicle slides into canal - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Good Samaritan shot after carjacked vehicle slides into canal

Posted: Updated:
Crews recovering the stolen SUV out of the water at Edison Marina on Thursday Crews recovering the stolen SUV out of the water at Edison Marina on Thursday
DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -

A man has been wounded during a gunfight with a carjacking suspect who, moments earlier, had robbed a woman of her SUV at a Detroit gas station on East Jefferson.

"I'm still trying to make sense of it myself. I think I'm just a little bit shocked," says Sharlonda Buckman. She is the CEO of a Detroit nonprofit, Detroit Parent Network. "At the time, I came out and jumped in my car. Before I could close the door a guy was standing there with a gun. He said, 'Get out.'"

A fellow customer saw what was happening.

"He grabbed her and he was trying to tussle with her, he was trying to get her out," Michael Turner tells Fox 2's Alexis Wiley. He and another customer went over to the situation and tried to help. Turner says the suspect aimed the gun at him and fired a shot, then got into the SUV and drove away.

Two other witnesses, identified as Jason McQuire and Kelvin Kirkland drove after the SUV, which took off towards the Detroit River and drove through the entrance gate of Edison Marina. The carjacking suspect exited the SUV just as it began to slide into the canal.  

The carjacker then got into a gunfight with Kirkland, who was injured. The carjacker may have been injured as well, but he was still able to get into Kirkland's Ford Focus and take off driving, once again.

Police say the witness has a concealed pistol license and was shot in the arm.

Kirkland is in good condition and is expected to recover. Police, also, have since recovered Buckman's SUV from the water.

"We tell our citizens it's better to be in the eyes and ears position, than it is to actually chase. But at the same time, I mean, I can't fault the guy for actually wanting to protect his neighborhood and his fellow citizens," says Sgt. Michael Woody of the Detroit Police Department.

"There are no longer neighborhoods where we're neighbors. So, instead of being in a neighborhood, you're neighborly. You do what you would want them [to do] for your family," McQuire says.

Buckman is grateful. "They don't know me from atom, but put their lives on the line and distracted him long enough so that I could get to safe harbor."

The description of the carjacker is minimal at this time. Witnesses say he is a black man, possibly five feet nine inches tall and has a slender build.

He was last seen driving away in Kirkland's 2009 blue Ford Focus. The license plate is CDU 0284.

If you see the suspect or the vehicle, or know anything else about this incident, contact Detroit Police.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Federal sting ends in gunfire in Highland Park

    Federal sting ends in gunfire in Highland Park

    Saturday, August 2 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-08-02 04:03:37 GMT
    In what started as a traffic stop, resulted in a shootout between federal agents and a pair of men known to have illegal assault rifles in Highland Park.Police say a task force of ATF and FBI agents who had previously set up a meet with two men, known to have AK-47s and AR-15s in their Chevrolet Cavalier, began to move in. The traffic stop was made near Oakland and Victor about 7:30 p.m. Friday. The car rammed the federal agents vehicle and the driver opened fire with a handgun. The agents re...
    In what started as a traffic stop, resulted in a shootout between federal agents and a pair of men known to have illegal assault rifles in Highland Park.Police say a task force of ATF and FBI agents who had previously set up a meet with two men, known to have AK-47s and AR-15s in their Chevrolet Cavalier, began to move in. The traffic stop was made near Oakland and Victor about 7:30 p.m. Friday. The car rammed the federal agents vehicle and the driver opened fire with a handgun. The agents re...
  • Officer hit by drunk driver on Detroit's east side

    Officer hit by drunk driver on Detroit's east side

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:15:06 GMT
    An officer was hit by a driver believed to be drunk Friday at 8 mile and Alcoy on Detroit's east side.Police say officers were investigating at the scene of a traffic accident when the driver ran through the barricade and hit the woman.She was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the drunk driver was arrested. Police had been conducting an investigation of the original accident in which one of the drivers died. Eight mile is closed in east bound lane by Alcoy.
    An officer was hit by a driver believed to be drunk Friday at 8 mile and Alcoy on Detroit's east side.Police say officers were investigating at the scene of a traffic accident when the driver ran through the barricade and hit the woman.She was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the drunk driver was arrested. Police had been conducting an investigation of the original accident in which one of the drivers died. Eight mile is closed in east bound lane by Alcoy.
  • Man arrested after trying to wrestle gun from officer in Detroit

    Man arrested after trying to wrestle gun from officer in Detroit

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-08-02 01:32:44 GMT
    A man was arrested after he went for an officer's gun trying to wrestle it away from Detroit Police, causing the weapon to fire.SkyFOX was over the scene on Manning Street in Detroit, where the incident occurred Friday,The bullet didn't hit anyone and police took a 27-year-old man from Roseville into custody.Police say the home was a known drug den, and when officers drove by the property -- four people ran from the home.The officer and suspect were treated at a hospital for non life threaten...
    A man was arrested after he went for an officer's gun trying to wrestle it away from Detroit Police, causing the weapon to fire.SkyFOX was over the scene on Manning Street in Detroit, where the incident occurred Friday,The bullet didn't hit anyone and police took a 27-year-old man from Roseville into custody.Police say the home was a known drug den, and when officers drove by the property -- four people ran from the home.The officer and suspect were treated at a hospital for non life threaten...
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices