FBI enters Detroit shooting investigation

Aug. 12, 2010 at 12:34 PM

DETROIT, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The FBI has joined the investigation into the death of a 7-year-old Detroit girl killed by a shot from a police officer's gun during a raid, officials said.

U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said he asked for the review into the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was killed May 16 when police entered a house looking for a homicide suspect, the Detroit Free Press reported Thursday.

"The shooting of Aiyana Jones has shaken the entire city community, and it demands a thorough and independent investigation," Conyers said.

"It is plain that something went very, very wrong in the Joneses' home last May 16."

The Detroit police officer involved said a woman in the house grabbed his gun as officers entered, causing it to go off.

The girl's family has sued, accusing Detroit police of a cover-up, the Free Press said.

Justice Department prosecutors assigned to the criminal section of the civil rights division will review the FBI's findings, Conyers said.

The division investigates allegations of official misconduct, including use of excessive force.

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