We wish this wasn’t a daily occurrence, but at this rate, it seems police officers are killing Black men for sport. The victim this time was 20-year-old Black Detroit man, Terrance Kellom (who’s name has also been reported as Terrance Kellum). He was fatally shot by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) federal officer who was attempting to serve a warrant to Kellom on Monday April 27. This officer happens to be a Black man, although his identity has not been revealed.
It’s being reported that Kellom was wanted for a robbery of a pizza delivery man and felony possession of a firearm. When the Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team approached Kellom’s home at 1 p.m., they were allowed into the house. According to reports, at first, Kellom’s sister Teria said that her father told the officers that Terrance wasn’t there and that she asked to see the warrant. Officers told Kellom’s father that they would show him the warrant when family members left the home. The police then entered to search for his brother. A few moments later, the family heard the shots. 10 shots.
“The last thing I heard was: ‘Come out or I’ll shoot,’” Teria told the Detroit News. “They shot him 10 times. They shot him and then they put the handcuffs on him.” While Terrance Kellum had a record, that did not mean he deserved to die.
Police Chief James Craig told Detroit News that the officer was “confronted by the suspect who I was told presented a threat and the officer used lethal force.” This is also the same chief who told local news that Kellom’s father was also wanted on a warrant and said, “His father, who was at the scene, was also wanted for a nonviolent felony … a fraud case,” Craig said. “We can always pick him up later; we decided to let him properly grieve for his son.”
Craig says he was called to the scene because the family was understandably upset about Terrance’s brutal shooting. He met publicly with the family as TV cameras captured the tense moment.
“We’re gonna interview all the witnesses,” Craig said. “I can’t say what happened inside that home. Let us do our job. We’ll do it as quick as we can. I don’t want this to be a two, three-month (investigation). And at the appropriate time we’ll turn our investigation over to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office who will make a decision on whether a crime was committed…That is not my decision.”
A spokesman for ICE, said in a statement, “Any time an ICE officer or special agent discharges their firearm in the line of duty, the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility reviews the matter. Due to this ongoing review, no further details will be released at this time.”
There is a protest planned for Tuesday April 28 at 4:30 p.m. EST. Our hearts are so heavy. This is just too much. RIP Terrance Kellom.