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Criminal Justice & Legal System

Man dead in Lansing after standoff with police, house fire

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The police chief in Lansing is defending his officers in the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old man who was killed after a two-hour standoff, a house fire and an exchange of gunfire.

  Chief Mike Yankowski says, "We have a justified police shooting at this time."

  The victim was identified as Terrozza Griffin of Lansing, who was suspected of a home invasion Thursday night. After two hours, officers noticed a fire and entered the home but were met with gunfire.

  Yankowski says Griffin was shot after he challenged officers with a gun. State police will investigate the shooting.

  Twelve Lansing officers have been placed on administrative leave. Yankowski says all played a different role in the incident. He spoke to reporters Friday.