Detroit Public Schools Officer Dies Trying to Break Up Fight

The altercation happened in a Detroit neighborhood near Henry Ford High School, and authorities are reviewing video from security cameras in the area.

Detroit Public Schools Officer Dies Trying to Break Up Fight

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Detroit, Michigan – Freddie Wilson, a public safety officer with the Detroit Public Schools Community District, died Thursday after intervening in an altercation near Henry Ford High School.

Police said they are investigating his death as a homicide, reports ClickOnDetroit.

Circumstances around the fight are murky. It happened in a residential neighborhood near Henry Ford High School in Detroit at about 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, and authorities are reviewing video from security cameras in the area, reports Fox 2.

The district said students were not involved in the fight, although the video does show a large group of students at the off-campus intersection where the altercation happened. The video doesn’t show the fight and doesn’t show Wilson being injured.

Wilson’s partners said he just collapsed, but a student said they saw him get hit in the head during the altercation, reports WXYZ.

The types of weapons involved, if any, have not been determined, but investigators did take a long and large log into evidence.

Immediately after the fight, Wilson was taken to a local hospital where he later died. He had served with the Detroit Public Schools Community District for more than 20 years.

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