DETROIT – A shootout at a police station that leaves four Detroit officers wounded. Police saying they were investigating claims the now-dead gunman kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl in his home. A fire, which officials say was deliberately set, that gutted the house. All have become part of Lamar Moore's puzzling legacy.
Since Moore's death Sunday in the shootout at the 6th Precinct, the issue of what motivated him has grown murkier rather than clearer. Authorities first suggested Moore was upset about a criminal case involving his brother. But each day has brought new questions — and if Detroit police have answers, they aren't making them public.
Officials confirmed Thursday that the house that went up in flames was the same one where the teenage girl says she was held captive and chained to a toilet. Sgt. Eren Stephens said police are investigating allegations that the girl was held captive in the home, where sex acts may have been recorded.
What relation the fire has to Moore's fatal encounter with police or the assault investigation is unknown.
Police Chief Ralph Godbee said Thursday night police would release video of the attack on Friday afternoon, in response to "numerous requests" from the news media.
Stephanie Freeman, who says she and Moore planned to be married on Valentine's Day, says none of it makes sense.
"They have taken Mo's (Moore) name and run that thing through the mud," said Freeman, 40, who said she had been seeing Moore, 38, about 10 years. They have a 4-year-old son, Lamar Moore Jr.
Last Saturday night, she said, the couple spent time at one of Detroit's casinos. Moore left and Freeman said she got a ride to her house with friends. She last spoke with Moore at 1:12 p.m. Sunday, when they made plans to get their son a haircut and catch the new "Yogi Bear" movie about 3 p.m.
She returned home late too late and tried to reach Moore, Freeman said.
"I was paging him, but he never called me back," she said.
Later, she saw a televised news report about the shooting and recognized the car she let Moore drive outside the 6th Precinct. She and a friend quickly drove to the nearby police station, where authorities told her Moore had been fatally shot after he opened fire on the officers inside about 4:20 p.m. The officers all survived.
According to the couple's plan, they and their son would have been watching a children's movie at that time.
Officials told her the gunman "was taken down and it was Lamar Moore," Freeman said. "That's when I said 'Open the door. I gotta throw up.'"
Still bothering Freeman is what led Moore there. Detroit police have declined to speculate on Moore's motive.
His background contained no felonies until October 2002, when he pleaded guilty in Arizona to attempted possession of marijuana for sale. He served three years' probation in Michigan. He had been found guilty of misdemeanor resisting a police officer in Dearborn, just outside Detroit, in 1996 and was fined $300.
"A man with a misdemeanor just doesn't walk up into a police station and start shooting people," Freeman said. "What triggered him to get to that point?"
Freeman also says she does not believe what police say they are investigating, allegations that the teenager was held at Moore's home and sexually assaulted over several days. Police also are looking into claims the girl was chained to a toilet in the house.
"They can never, ever get me to believe that one," said Freeman who claims she spent the night in Moore's house last Thursday.
"The house is little," Freeman said. "You can't miss the bathroom because you have to go past it to get to the bedroom. How long did he have her? I was there Thursday and was with him Saturday."
There were adult magazines and movies in the house, but Freeman said she and Moore looked at them together. The couple also took risque photos and videos of each other on a small digital camera she purchased, Freeman said.
"The last time I checked on Thursday, I was the only one on them cameras," she said.
Freeman, a home care aide, also denied reports that Moore was ordered to pay child support.
"I didn't want no child support," she said. "He didn't have to pay child support. He was not ordered to pay child support, and there was no custody struggle between us. There was no need."
She said Moore had recently met with a mediator with the Friend of the Court in Wayne County and agreed to pay off the $600 balance of a medical bill from their son's birth.
Moore was unlicensed, but worked as a carpenter and handyman, Freeman said.
"He was still getting little work," she said. "We don't live no lavish lifestyle. We make it every day. Lamar, if he came short of anything, I would have given him my money. If he felt like he was under pressure I would have given him my check."