Kevin Matthews, 35

Detroit, Michigan
December 23, 2015

Agencies: Wayne County Prosecutor's Office Michigan | Dearborn Police Department Michigan

Cause of death: Not Yet Known

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Matthews was shot and killed Wednesday after a struggle with a Dearborn police officer. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's office listed the cause of his death as, "multiple gunshot wounds." He was shot eight times. The manner of death was stated to be homicide. Police said Wednesday that Matthews was a suspect wanted for a probation violation in Redford and was wanted for a theft that took place in Dearborn on the day he was shot. He was spotted by a Dearborn officer and police say a foot chase then followed through a neighborhood near Tireman and Greenfield, on the border of Detroit and Dearborn. The officer and suspect got into a physical encounter, with a struggle taking place over the officer's weapon, police said Wednesday. Matthews was unarmed,his family claims he was mentally ill but not violent.  He died at the scene. On Thursday, the National Action Network stood with the family of Kevin Matthews to express outrage over the killing of the 35-year-old Detroit man.

According to a privately conducted autopsy obtained by The Detroit Free Press, Matthews was shot at least five times.

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On December 21, 2016, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced that she would not charge Dearborn police officers who shot and killed Kevin Matthews.

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