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Gary Hatcher Jr, 26
Mt Morris Township, Michigan
May 25, 2013

Agencies: Michigan State Police MSP

Last updated: 2 months ago

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A Michigan State trooper shot and killed a man after stopping a vehicle occupied by two individuals near the intersection of Ridgeway Avenue and Montrose Street around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, according to a police report.

After the trooper stopped the vehicle, he returned to his vehicle to check the identities of the two individuals. A male passenger then fled the scene, according to the report.

A short foot chase ensued and the suspect was apprehended by the trooper. The individual then began to wrestle for the trooper's primary weapon, according to the report.

The trooper fired his secondary weapon, killing the suspect, according to the report.

His mother, Gertrude Hammond, said she believes Hatcher was trying to run away.

"(The trooper) didn't have to shoot him," she said.

Hammond said she felt her son was "treated like a dog." She described her son, a father of three with another child on the way, as "loving" and enjoyed playing basketball and football with friends and "shooting the breeze."

According to Hatcher's family, a vigil is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at 213 E. Eldridge St. in Flint. His mother said donations can be made through Serenity Funeral Home.

"We are in need to bury him," she said. "We are trying to raise some money to bury him. The police department should bury him, if they can't bury him, then don't shoot him."