Suspect & Cop Identified In Deadly Bank Shooting

By: News 10
By: News 10

State police release the name of the woman shot and killed inside a bank by a Lansing police officer. The suspect has been identified as 17-year-old Derrinesha Clay of Lansing.

Shortly before 4am Monday, Lansing police responded an alarm at the Bank of America on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard. Three officers searched the building and found Clay armed with a knife.

State police say Clay lunged at one of the Lansing officers with the knife, who fired a shot at Clay, killing her.

The officer, a 12-year veteran of the department, has been identified as Brian Rendon of the Uniform Patrol Division. He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation and review by the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office.


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  • by Ms. M Location: Dallas on Dec 5, 2011 at 07:56 AM
    First, let me say that everyone makes mistakes, we should be given the chance to "live and learn". All of the comments in the world will not bring this child back. I personally feel that something else, besides killing her could have been done.
  • by anonymous on Jul 1, 2011 at 08:06 AM
    Good to hear the cops were cleared. She got what she deserved. You break into a bank, you attack the police with a knife. You lose! I feel sorry for the officers, not the criminal.
  • by nunnyuhh Location: lansing on Jun 24, 2011 at 06:09 AM
    he was not doing his job hes trained to be able to take weapons expecially from a 17 yearold girl who was 125 pounds he and either way he aint have to shoot to kill
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      by Roland on Jun 25, 2011 at 11:42 PM in reply to nunnyuhh
      Well I guess you can think what you want, but the investigation proved that he reacted professionally and was cleared of any charges. This is not the movies, its reality. When someone lunges at a cop they will most likely lose their life.
  • by Roland Location: michigan on May 25, 2011 at 12:43 PM
    You talk about not judging her, yet you judge this cop for doing his job. You say she didn't intend to hurt anyone because it was at night. Why did she have a knife then? Why did she lunge at the officers when they arrived? Did she deserve to die, No. Her family is suffering because of a bad choice she made. This officer has to deal with this as well. The investigation will find out if he acted unprofessionally. He did however follow his training, and reacted to save his and his fellow officers lives. It's easy to sit behind a computer screen and place the blame on him or make excuses. Like the person said before how about we pray for both sides of this story.
  • by anonymous Location: Lansing on May 10, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    Some of you on here just sound ridiculous. What if that was your daughter or son that just made the wrong decision? Should they get shot twice? I didnt think so.... Those of you on here that dont know her shouldnt judge her. She was a very sweet girl! She had her problems but that doesnt justify anything. The officer that shot her should lose his job. If he did feel it was nessasery to shoot, why twice? Isnt there video tapes in the bank? Where is it? Someone was trying to make derrinesha sound like a "bad" person or a criminal to down play what that officer did.... Obviously she wasnt trying to hurt anyone if she broke in at night When noone is supposed to be there! The whole story needs to come out for her family. No one deserves to die like that.
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      by dre on May 25, 2011 at 05:56 AM in reply to anonymous
      thank you because that was my sister and i love her and truely miss her thanx for ur sympathy
  • by anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 at 01:28 PM
    Only two shots, this shows the 0fficer was well trained and didn't keep shooting until he ran out of bullets. Age has nothing to do with this story, she was old enough to make her own decisions and made the wrong choice. Stop trying to defend someone who was willing to kill an officer to get away. She was not some fragile little girl. She was a person willing attempting to take the life of a cop. If she would have succeeded in killing this officer you would have every excuse in the world why she shouldn't be held accountable for this crime. Reality is she made a poor choice and now her family and this cop has to suffer. Have you ever considered how this cop feels for taking a life. No you don't, you just want to blame him for doing his job. I would suggest praying for both sides of this story.
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      by Anonymous on May 25, 2011 at 06:04 AM in reply to anonymous
      wat do u mean she was wrong for being in da dont get me wrong but he was wrong for usin a gun
  • by Trease Location: r on Mar 17, 2011 at 08:40 AM
    There will always be two parts to a story but one side will be left untold; which is terrible. We will never get the reason behind the motive. I really can’t say why people do the things they or commit the action they do. No one can judge her for the thing she did but God!! There is no way to replace her back in our lives. All we can do as a family is pray for strength for this loss. In my opinion there are many things him being a well trained as a cop of 12 years could have done. I am sure he receives training every blue more to handle situations of this magnitude. At any time during the three officers going in the bank and finding her in the bank; could they have not controlled the situation? I don’t think they are not trained to kill, only when they feel they are in danger. Three men one little fragile girl what are the odds that he would shot her twice. I would think the first shot would more than likely kill her. This is very devastating to her family as it is and to hear all this negativity it is just not necessary at this terrible time of grief. I know what people are saying but you need to put yourself in my family shoes, “I don’t think you would be saying the same thing. It is cool for everyone to judge someone you never knew or have no ties to but take a look at it from a grieving family. So people stop being so judgmental and just send your prays please.
  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Mar 17, 2011 at 05:33 AM
    For the last time, this is not a simple, run of the mill, average 17-year-old girl we're talking about here; she was a criminal, in the midst of committing a crime, armed with a knife, who proceeded to attack an officer of the law - END OF STORY. With that am I saying she deserved to die? Nope. What I am saying is that the officer did the right thing in trying to protect himself, his fellow officers, and the public he serves; even if he fired two shots, it doesn't mean he's some vicious beast who shot some poor, innocent, frail, little girl down in cold blood. For those who knew her, again, I'm sorry for your loss, but if you all were so concerned about her future, where were you before she entered the bank in the dark of the early morning, an alarmed bank with a direct link to the police, armed with a knife, ready to attack anyone she felt was in the way of her criminal goal???????? Yeah, okay, in other words, leave the officer who did his job alone.
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      by Anonymous on May 25, 2011 at 06:06 AM in reply to Jen
      lady they found the knife on my sister after he shot her twice i bet u dont even know where he shot put urself in our possition how would u feel
  • by Blake Davis on Mar 16, 2011 at 07:56 PM
    I find it appauling that ANYONE would accuse this officer of doing his job with any Malice aforethought. Those of you that have watched WAY to many Hollywood cop shows and think that you can shoot out the tires on a moving vehicle or SHOOT her in the LEG while she is LUNGING forward at you, I say, First, don't hide behind "Annonymous" when you post here and 2nd, Go to a firing range and LEARN something about shooting a gun before you run down something you obviously know NOTHING about!
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      by Anonymous on May 25, 2011 at 06:08 AM in reply to Blake Davis
      thank u u have some sort of feelings for our family
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2011 at 07:29 PM
    You all are right she shouldnt have been in the bank. That was stupid on her part. But He shot her twice. THey didnt say that did they. Well i hapen to know her family and she was shot in the chest and in the head. He didnt have to shoot her twice. One shot would have been plenty. She was only 17. No one gave her a chance to straighten her life out. What about those rapeists and murders sitting in prison?... No one killed them. They are the ones that should have been killed not a 17 year old. But like i said, she shouldnt have been in the bank at 4 am.
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