By Scott Lewis
DETROIT (WXYZ) - The Action News Investigators have uncovered new information on a possible motive for the police station shooting that left four officers wounded on Sunday. A source tells Channel 7 that police were hot on the tail of the gunman, [name withheld] in their investigation of an unsolved sex crime.
The gunman's relatives told Action News in an exclusive interview Sunday night that police had been to [name withheld]'s house shortly before he shot up the police station. Now a police source tells Channel 7's Scott Lewis that investigators had indeed executed a search warrant on [name withheld]'s home shortly before the shooting. The source says [name withheld] was a suspect in the kidnapping and rape of an underaged girl.
Chief Ralph Godbee won't talk about a motive but makes it clear that [name withheld] had been on their radar screen for something.
"We are investigating whether he was involved in another crime, so it's too early to speculate about that that is"' said Godbee.
There was some speculation that [name withheld] might also have been angry at police because his brother is facing a long prison term for murder. [name withheld]'s brother, [name withheld], was sentenced today, just hours after [name withheld] shot up the police station. He was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for shooting and killing two people at Master's Collision in Detroit last March over a disputed repair bill.
But relatives don't think his brother's pending prison term had anything to do with [name withheld] shooting four police officers. They say [name withheld] was against his brother since the murders happened.
Chief Godbee says the brother's situation is something the police still plan to look at.
"Suffice it to say that we still have a lot of investigative work to do, talking to family members, relatives, anybody who knows him, at least to get a glimpse into what has happened," said Godbee.
Relatives tell the Action News Investigators that [name withheld] was the oldest of five siblings. They say he lost both of his parents at an early age, and add that he had no criminal record, nothing more than a traffic ticket.
But the Action News found one prior run in with police. According to public records, [name withheld] was arrested in Dearborn 14 years ago for attending an animal fight and resisting and obstructing police.
He was convicted only of resisting police, a city ordinance violation.