DETROIT, May 17 (UPI) -- Detroit police said they're working to piece together events that led to a 7-year-old girl's death while officers tried to arrest a murder suspect.
The girl, Aiyana Jones, was shot Sunday as police stormed her home in a duplex to try to arrest a suspect in the shooting death of a 17-year-old high school student.
A police spokesman said a bullet pierced the child's neck when an officer and the girl's grandmother collided and the officer's gun discharged accidentally, the Detroit Free Press reported.
The grandmother, Mertilla Jones, said the gun discharged as she wrestled -- not collided as police officials said -- with the police officer. She was in police custody for 12 hours before being released, The Detroit News said.
"They blew my granddaughter's brains out. They killed her right before my eyes," Jones said. "I watched the light go out of her eyes. I seen it."
Police said they captured the suspect, but didn't say whether he was arrested in the upstairs unit or downstairs apartment, where the shooting occurred.
The man was wanted in the shooting death of the teen outside of a liquor store, in front of the victim's girlfriend, the Free Press said.
Officials said they used a "flash-bang" grenade to create a distraction before entering the duplex.
The victim's father, Charles Jones, said police restrained him as he was trying to see what happened to his daughter after he heard the explosion and gunshot.
"Her blood was everywhere and I was trying to stay calm, but nobody would talk to me," he said. "None of them even tried to console me."