Who is Briana Sykes (Juneteenth shootout Victim)?
Briana Sykes was identified as the woman accused of shooting at a Flint police officer at a Juneteenth Celebration Parade traffic point; the officer then shot and killed Sykes. Video captured the moment that the officer shot Sykes at close range through a car window. You can watch the video later in this article but be aware that it’s disturbing.
She wrote on Facebook that she lived in Redford, Michigan, and was from Detroit.
Lt. Kimberly Vetter of the MSP said Briana Sykes, 19, of Flint shot at the officer from her car as he was directing traffic near the Juneteenth Celebration Parade.
The officer returned fire, Vetter said. Sykes was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Video shot by a spectator “appears to show part of the incident,” Vetter confirmed. It shows a silver two-door sedan, windshield wipers engaged, slowly rolling away after an exchange of gunfire.
How Old was Briana Sykes?
She was just 19 years old.
Briana Sykes Shot Dead
The shooting occurred around 2:14 p.m., according to MSP, and Sykes was the only occupant of the silver car. She died at a hospital.
Flint police asked MSP to handle the investigation, Vetter said, and “detectives continue to gather more information.”
Briana Sykes Facebook
On Facebook, Sykes shared a cartoon showing a police outline where Breonna Taylor was killed. The cartoon share bore the caption, written by someone else, #THISISWHYWECANTSTANDYALL.
Bystander video shows a police shooting incident this afternoon in #Flint, MI. A news release (read in this thread) from MI State Police says that “the officer was not injured” but if you watch the video below, he is on his knees after the shooting. 1/2 https://t.co/vHepgbLq7f
— (@TCReporter) June 20, 2021
“At the request of the Flint Police Department, the Michigan State Police is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred at approximately 2:14 p.m. in the City of Flint involving a Flint Police Officer,” the agency wrote on Twitter.
The shooting occurred on a street that was part of the parade route.
State police said that the person who was shot fired at an officer working a traffic point for the Juneteenth Celebration Parade.
Juneteenth was on June 19, 2021.
“Preliminary investigation indicates the officer, who was working a traffic point for the Juneteenth Celebration Parade, was fired upon by the lone occupant of a vehicle who drove up to him at the traffic point. Upon taking fire, the officer returned fire, striking the suspect,” the agency wrote on Twitter.
“The officer was not injured, nor were any bystanders who were in the area. This incident remains under investigation.” According to MLive, the person shot was taken to a hospital. The shooting occurred on Saginaw Street near Leith Street. The news site reported that the shooting happened as Flint hosted the Juneteenth Day parade.