No police officer available to arrest confessed murderer

Detroit patrol car illustration 
By: John Roberts 

A man confessed to being connected to several murders, however, when 911 was called they said that no police units are available to arrest him.

Detroit, Michigan police are investigating what happened when a man was told no units were available when he tried to surrender to police in connection with a murder case.

The incident refers to a quadruple shooting that occurred last week in Inverness, on the west side of the city. Two men were killed and two others were wounded.

The dead have only been identified as a 23-year-old and a 37-year-old. The injured were a 34-year-old and a 19-year-old. They are currently in serious condition.

Police said last week that a 36-year-old went to a fire station in Detroit, near the scene of the shooting. He reportedly told firefighters that he was connected to the shooting.

However, when Detroit Police were called, they said that all patrol units were busy handling high priority cases and no one was sent to the fire station.

Firefighters said that they held the man in the fire station for nearly four hours waiting for a police patrol car to pick him up. They finally got the suspect into a taxi and sent him to the 10th Precinct, where he was arrested.

Firefighters in Detroit, with the exception of arson investigators, have no police powers, and therefore do not have the authority to make arrests.

In a press release about the incident, Police Chief Ralph Godbee said, "Everything possible should have been done to ensure that this person was arrested by the police. Therefore an administrative investigation will be conducted to determine if this incident was handled appropriately and whether there were other patrol resources that should have been made available to arrest the confessed murderer in the fire station."