FOIA requests have gone unanswered

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Southfield, Mich. — November 20, 2018 — A. Vince Colella, a civil rights and personal injury attorney with Southfield-based Moss & Colella, P.C., announced that the family of Theoddeus Gray has retained the firm to investigate his death on November 4, 2018.  Gray, 29, was shot and killed by a St. Clair Shores police officer responding to a call regarding a man with a gun.  St. Clair Shores police say Gray was shot after he produced a weapon and shot and killed a department K-9 police officer, Axe.

“The family has serious concerns about the spurious account of events given to the media by the St. Clair Shores Police Department,” Colella said. “A FOIA request has been submitted to both the St. Clair Shores Police Department and the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office; however, neither agency has responded to our requests.”  

Colella continued that his firm will conduct its own independent investigation into the death of Gray, but is eager to receive information from the agencies involved.

“The Gray family finds it curious that police have failed to identify a weapon found on the person of Mr. Gray, and that the results of the autopsy performed on the dog have been kept from the public,” Colella said.  ““We look forward to complete disclosure of the facts surrounding Mr. Gray’s tragic death and full transparency on the part of the Sheriff’s department.”

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