An attempted robbery of an assistant basketball coach outside a Detroit high school Friday evening has left one teenager dead and another wounded.
Local news station WDIV
reported that two teens walked up to 70-year-old Ernest Robinson outside of Martin Luther King High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday while he was escorting two female basketball players to their cars.
When one of the teens reportedly pulled out a gun and grabbed the coach, he took out his legal, licensed firearm and shot them, according to WDIV.
"They announced a robbery, a struggle ensued and he pulled a weapon and fired," police spokesperson Officer Cassandra Lewis told The Associated Press.
Michael Scott, a 16-year-old ninth-grader who allegedly pulled out the gun was fatally wounded. The other teen, a 15-year-old who was not identified, is in serious condition, according to WDIV.
Both teens attended the high school and one of them was recently expelled, according to a statement from the school.
The Detroit Police Department said Robinson is a concealed pistol license holder and a police reserve officer. He had a Glock 22 .40 caliber semi-automatic.
Robinson was taken into custody on Saturday and Detroit police homicide investigators submitted a warrant request this week to the Wayne County prosecutor's office. Prosecutors were reviewing the case on Wednesday to determine whether to file charges, spokesman Mark Bernardi said.
Investigators told Fox 2 the shooting was a "clear case of self defense" and that surveillance footage obtained from the scene shows the teens were "waiting in a school corridor" prior to approaching the coach.
The Detroit Free Press reported that 2012 was the city's highest homicide rate in nearly two decades. There were 386 homicides in 2012, not including 25 killings deemed justifiable.
Scott's mother told the AP she didn't believe her son owned a gun.
"I lost my son and I want answers," Priscilla Scott said.
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