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Former Detroit Officer Shoots, Kills Armed Robber

Former Detroit Officer Shoots, Kills Armed Robber

Matthew Zani was terminated from the Detroit police

Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix

November 18, 2010

DETROIT – A former Detroit police officer — who was acquitted in 2004 of federal civil rights violations — shot and killed a man on Detroit’s east side Wednesday morning during a robbery near his home, police said.

Matthew Zani was questioned by investigators about the shooting, his lawyer Frank Eaman said Wednesday.

The incident, which happened about 1:10 a.m. near Grayton and Southampton, is under investigation, and no charges have been filed.

Eaman, who said he spoke briefly with Zani Wednesday morning, said Zani was released pending information on the case being sent to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Detroit police spokeswoman Sgt. Eren Stephens — who did not confirm the identity of the former cop — said two men, one armed with a gun, robbed the former officer at gunpoint.

As one of the suspects fled, police said, he fired shots and the former officer returned fire, killing the man. The dead man was identified by the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office as Prez Holmes, 20, of Detroit. Michigan Department of Corrections records indicate his first name may be spelled “Perrez,” and that he may have a criminal history of felony firearm and receiving and concealing stolen property.

The second male suspect escaped in a Chevrolet Impala, Stephens said.

Witnesses said they heard 15-20 gunshots.

Ishmael Roberson said the shooting occurred outside his corner home and involved his neighbor, whom he knows only as an ex-cop. Roberson said he was in bed when he heard shots, sprang up and ran to look out his bathroom window to see what was happening.

Roberson said he saw sparks from his neighbor’s gun, heard three shots and saw the other man falling to the ground. The former officer was shooting from 3-5 feet away from the person who died, he said.

He said he then watched his neighbor shoot about four times in the direction of the fleeing car.

Once the gunfire stopped, Roberson said, he ran outside and was told by his neighbor: “Go back in the house. They still might be out here.”

Eaman said Zani “completely cooperated with the investigation.”

Zani was terminated from the Detroit Police Department, Eaman said. Zani was one of 17 officers indicted in 2003 on charges they violated the rights of accused drug dealers, prostitutes and pimps.

He was acquitted by a jury in 2004.


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    Jonas

    over 2 years ago

    43046 Comments

    Ex-cop gets Holmes. Love it!

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    uncledennis1

    almost 4 years ago

    23312 Comments

    The "Big Sleep"

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    ramblinrussell

    almost 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    thats awesome, hate he had to open fire but he did exactly what all of us would do he protected his ownself and the neighborhood he lives in.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Sorry to hear you ran out of ammo

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    copdog5515

    almost 4 years ago

    562 Comments

    Training pays off. Good job.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Immediate justice is pretty cool isn't it?

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    djs2v

    almost 4 years ago

    5628 Comments

    Excellent job!

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    beejac

    almost 4 years ago

    1424 Comments

    Excellent response to attack . Why was he not reinstated upon acquittal?.

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    BeachAngel

    almost 4 years ago

    5888 Comments

    Great job, but he should have his position back if he was acquitted....

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    You can take uniform off the man, just can't take the "cop" out of the man. Good job!

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    lkdavis71

    almost 4 years ago

    1066 Comments

    Works for me.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Picked the wrong house to rob. Oh well sucks to be them. Bump TinBadge.....

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    TinBadge

    almost 4 years ago

    946 Comments

    Yea! More oxygen for the rest of usand a job well done. Hope they catch the other and any scum he might be laying with.

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    Whalewatcher

    almost 4 years ago

    11224 Comments

    A classic failure of the victim selection process by the robber(s). Hope they catch the other(s) soon, and glad no one else got hurt.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    not nice to mess with ex cops

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