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Detroit Man Charged with Second Degree Murder and Other Charges in June 3rd Police Chase

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Christopher Lee Cavin, 29, (DOB: 10/23/1989) of Detroit, in connection with a police chase that culminated in the fatal shooting of Kevin Daniel Pudick, 41, (DOB: 06/12/1977) of Jackson, Michigan.

On June 3, 201 at approximately 2:20 p.m., Detroit police officers attempted a traffic stop of Cavin's car at Michigan Avenue and 31st Street. It is alleged that Cavin failed to pull over and sped off in his car that had no license plate. The police pursued Cavin on side streets and main roads leading to the I-75 expressway. Members of the Michigan State Police joined the pursuit.

It is alleged that, as they were being pursued, Cavin and Pudick made gestures as if they retrieving something at their feet. Cavin's car traveled southbound on West End Street and West Fort Street when it spun out of control and came to a stop. When officers exited their cars and attempted to arrest the two men, Cavin began ramming police cars in an attempt to flee. It is alleged that Cavin drove his car at a Detroit officer, causing him to fall so that he was pinned between the Cavin's car and a concrete wall. Fearing that the officer was in grave danger, officers at the scene fired their weapons into Cavin's car, striking Cavin and Pudick. Both men were placed into custody and taken to a local hospital for treatment. Pudick succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

The police retrieved two loaded handguns from the floorboard in the front passenger compartment of Cavin's car. It is also alleged that cocaine and MDMA/Ecstasy were recovered from his car.

Cavin has been charged in 36th District Court with: Second Degree Murder; Assault with Intent to Murder; two counts of Fleeing and Eluding Police Officer; two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance; two counts of Carrying a Concealed Weapon; and five counts of Felony Firearm.*

Cavin had a hospital arraignment today. Upon his discharge from the hospital, he will be remanded to the Wayne County Jail. A Probable Cause Conference has been scheduled for June 19th at 8:30 a.m.; the Preliminary Exam has been tentatively scheduled for June 26, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Both hearings are before Judge Ronald Giles in 36th District Court. Please request a photograph of the defendant from the Detroit Police Department.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.