DETROIT — Michigan’s attorney general said yesterday that he won’t file criminal charges against FBI agents who shot a Detroit mosque leader 20 times, killing him during a raid last year on a suburban warehouse.
It is “undisputed’’ that Luqman Ameen Abdullah fired at agents, resisted arrest, and rejected demands to surrender, Attorney General Mike Cox said.
“Under Michigan law, law enforcement agents are justified in using deadly force in these types of situations, and therefore we found no crimes,’’ Cox said in a written statement.
Some leaders in the local Muslim community have questioned whether the agents used excessive force. Besides being shot 20 times, Abdullah had wounds that an independent forensic pathologist said were caused by an FBI dog killed during the raid.
Some have speculated that Abdullah may have fired his gun while trying to defend himself from the dog. Indeed, Cox’s report said agents deployed the dog after the suspect failed to show his hands while face-down on the ground.
The dog began biting Abdullah, who rolled over, revealed a gun, and fired at the dog and at agents, the report said. Four agents returned fired and Abdullah was killed, the report said.
“It is clear that the agents acted in self-defense and/or in defense of others,’’ the report said.