24-year-old man killed following Christmas Eve police standoff

Posted at 10:14 AM, Dec 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-25 22:27:30-05

LANSING, Mich. — A 24-year-old man is dead after an apparent botched home invasion lead to a police standoff.

Police have identified the man killed as Terrozza Tyree Griffin, a 24-year-old from Lansing.

Just after 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Lansing Police were called out to a home in the 5900 block of Selfridge on a report of a home invasion in progress.  Callers had reported a man entering a window into the residence.

Officers established a perimeter around the home once they arrived.  They were able to make contact with the man inside, speaking with him for nearly two hours.

Just before 10:00 p.m., officers on scene reported seeing a fire inside the home.  Police then assembled a team and forced their way in to secure the subject and protect them from any threat of fire.

As the officers entered they were met with gunfire.  They attempted to retreat outside the residence, but the suspect followed and police say, “challenged them with a firearm resulting in him being shot by police officers.”

Officers were then able to get the suspect and themselves outside the home, which was now ablaze.  The Lansing Fire Department was able to quickly extinguish the fire.

Medical aid was immediately rendered to the suspect once away from the residence, but was pronounced dead shortly after at an area hospital.

They are telling the public at this time “there is no outstanding threat to the public safety”, but that this is an ongoing investigation.

Following standard protocol, the investigation will be further handled by the Michigan State Police.

The Associated Press reported 12 Lansing  officers were placed on administrative leave for their involvement in the incident.

Anyone having information that may be valuable is directed to contact the Michigan State Police 1st District Investigators.