A2 Police Chief Says Preparation Is Key In Dealing With Multiple Situations Locally & Nationally

Apr 21, 2021

Ann Arbor Police Chief Michael Cox
Credit Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Police Chief Michael Cox says it's part of the world we live in today to prepare for protests, adding "hopefully peaceful protests" in light of everything going on both locally and nationally.

Lisa Barry talks with the police chief, who says it's important to him to remember his purpose as a police professional by finding joy in the job "in making a difference and serving the community."


Ann Arbor Police Chief Michael Cox says, despite a recent shooting at Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor, the over year-long continuing pandemic, and reaction to the verdict in the trial for the death of George Floyd , he still tries to "show up every day and hope that he can help" the community.

Ann Arbor Police, meanwhile, are continuing to investigate last week’s shooting in Ann Arbor’s Briarwood Mall.

The shooting occurred on Friday, April 16th at around 3 PM and resulted in one person being taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

No suspects have been arrested.

Ann Arbor Police Chief Michael Cox says it was not an active shooter situation and appears to have been an isolated incident.

“More or less, probably crime of opportunity that just happened to happen in that particular mall on that particular day.”

The police department has stated the suspected shooter and victim appear to have known each other, but the motive for the crime remains unclear.

Ann Arbor Police Badge
Credit Ann Arbor District Library / aadl.org

  

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