terrence kellum

Terrence Kellum

*Here we go again.

Hours after the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore on Monday, a hashtag has begun trending on Twitter for Terrence Kellum, a 19-year-old black man who was reportedly unarmed when an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent shot and killed him at home in Detroit.

The unnamed ICE agent, also a black man, was a member of a multi-agency fugitive task force operation, known as the Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team (DFAT), attempting to serve an armed robbery warrant on Terrence Kellum when the shooting happened.

Officers entered the Kellum residence to conduct their search, but the agent was “faced with a threat” and opened fire, Detroit Police Sgt. Cassandra Lewis said, according to the Detroit Free Press.

“There was no forced entry,” Lewis said. “One of the ICE officers was faced with a threat and made the decision to use lethal force to eliminate the threat.”
Kellum’s father said in an interview with a local ABC affiliate that his son was unarmed.

“He was standing like this. Boom he fell right here,” Kellum’s father said, reenacting his son’s shooting. “I watched him right there. Pop. Pop. Pop. Pop. Pop. … At least five or six more shots. … They were shooting my son.”

A local CBS affiliate reported that a woman shouted at Craig, “It was 10 bullets…and did it take 10 bullets? When he came out, they didn’t have the handcuffs on him! They shot him! He was not able to run to do nothin’. Y’all didn’t give him a chance!”

Kellum was wanted for armed robbery of a pizza deliveryman, felony firearm, and as an habitual offender, The Detroit News reported. The publication also found that “Kellom absconded from probation in August for a carrying concealed weapons conviction in 2013.”

Kellum’s shooting comes on the same day that mourners held a funeral for Freddie Gray, an unarmed black man who died of spinal injuries while in the custody of police officers in Baltimore. That city is still reeling in the aftermath of riots that broke out after Gray’s funeral.