Police shot girl, 7, during TV show filming

Aiyana Jones
Aiyana Jones

originally published by: The Daily Telegraph
18th May 2010

An attorney representing the family of a seven-year-old girl who was shot to death during a raid in Detroit said the police operation was flawed and was influenced by TV production concerns.

Aiyana Jones was shot and killed as she slept on a living room sofa after an officer’s gun went off as police searched the house for a suspect.

Attorney Karri Mitchell told The Detroit News that the police “were excited; they were on TV”. “They didn’t have to throw a grenade through the front window when they knew there were children in there,” the attorney said.

The raid was being filmed for an episode of The First 48, a reality crime show broadcast by A&E, according to Detroit police spokesman John Roach. He said investigators were examining the TV crew’s footage of the incident to help determine what occurred.

Police said officers went to the house with a valid search warrant to arrest a suspect in the murder of a 17-year-old high school student. Police reportedly threw a “flash grenade,” which emits a blinding flash and loud noise to disorient suspects, through a downstairs window.

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