Detroit, Michigan

Ayana (Aiyana) Jones, 7, was accidentally shot and killed by a Detroit Police officer shortly before 1:00 a.m. this morning, May 16, 2010.

The tragic incident occurred when officers were sent to a home in the 4000 block of Lillibridge with a valid search warrant to arrest a murder suspect.

Ayana Jones : 7 Year Old Accidentally Shot, Killed By Detroit Police (Video)

Several people, including 7 year old Ayana (Aiyana) Jones were in the home on Lillibridge when officers used a stun grenade to enter and arrest a man wanted for the brutal murder of a 17 year old high school student, Jarean Blake, this past Friday night.

Stun grenades are known to create confusion and chaos but are necessary at times; usually when apprehending a violent suspect.

Reports say that little Aiyana was asleep on the couch when some type of confrontation between a woman and police caused an officer’s gun to discharge. The bullet his the little girl in the neck / head area.

Aiyana was rushed to St. John’s Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The murder suspect is in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

Assistant Chief Ralph Godbee said “This is any parent’s worst nightmare. It also is any police officer’s worst nightmare.”
It’s a shame, but many won’t see it that way, especially the criminal element. This is likely going to be turned into another police brutality / abuse of power story, rather than what it really was—a tragic accident.
Godbee continued: “We cannot undo what occurred this morning. All we can do is to pledge an open and full investigation and to support Aiyana’s family in whatever way they may be willing to accept from us at this time.”
“This is a tragedy of unspeakable magnitude to Aiyana’s parents, family and all those who loved her. It is a tragedy we also feel very deeply throughout the ranks of the Detroit Police Department.”

It’s horrific to lose a child, in any manner. Even more so when it could have been prevented; not by disarming the police and telling them how to do their job, but by the murder suspect that refused to surrender himself— after allegedly murdering someone. Were the other adults in the home knowingly harboring a fugitive from justice?

If we must blame someone for this tragedy, why not the actual criminal? Or those that allowed him into the home? The 46 year old woman that had a physical altercation with the officer should also receive some of the blame, in my opinion.

Why is it we never look at simple facts like this when assigning blame for anything?

My heart breaks for this child, Aiyana Jones, gone too soon, due in large part (again, my opinion) to the alleged criminal that sparked this situation. Do we need to get into the ‘what if’s and ‘if only’s'?

Perhaps we should. Do we really need to start pointing fingers at the Detroit Police Department, or should those fingers be pointed at Aiyana Jone’s living arrangement?

Nothing will bring this precious child back, nothing. However, there could be a lesson learned so this doesn’t happen again, and that lesson would be to be vigilant and overly cautious with whom you choose to befriend.

Accidents happen, and this one is among the worst. My sympathy goes to all involved in this child’s death—her parent’s and family, as well as the Detroit Police Department.

Try to remember what the catalyst was for this avoidable and gut-wrenching tragedy.

Please watch the video below and feel free to leave your thoughts on ‘Aiyana Jones : 7 Year Old Accidentally Shot, Killed By Detroit Police’ in the comment section.

To be clear, I am not blaming anyone—my thoughts are my own, and what I wrote is how I see it. I believe with all my heart this was a tragic accident, nothing more, nothing less. Perhaps we can honor this child’s memory with love and peace, not finger pointing and blame.