DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Investigators have found no indication of political or ideological motivations behind a fire at a Detroit-area mosque started by a man who police later killed in a shootout.
There is also no evidence that Ahmed Taqi acted as a member of a group, FBI Special Agent Josh Hauxhurst said Saturday at a community meeting at the Al-Huda Islamic Association. in Dearborn where the fire occurred, according to The Detroit News.
“He may be the only person who knows why he started the fire,” Hauxhurst told about 150 people at the meeting. “We often see motives telegraphed in cases. We haven’t seen that in this case.”
Officers on regular patrols in the neighborhood noticed the mosque burning on February 12 around 1 a.m. Taqi, 37, shot at officers outside the mosque and fled, Dearborn Police Chief Issa Shahin said.
Officers followed and shot Taqi when he started shooting at them again, Shahin said.
Taqi was an Iraqi national and worked as a translator, Dearborn Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud said Saturday.
Dearborn has one of the largest Arab American populations in the United States. No threats have been made against places of worship in the city since the fire and shooting, Hammoud added.
“The goal here was to demonstrate that what happened a week ago was an isolated incident,” he said.
Hammoud said Taqi may have “been going through a mental health crisis at the time.”
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