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Detroit Police: Suspect Arrested After Shots Fired At Officers During Manhunt For Carjacking Suspects

"We are dealing with a very armed, tense and dangerous situation."

August 13, 2019 - 4:53 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) -- A suspect police were hunting for in Southwest Detroit has been taken into custody for his alleged involvement in a carjacking of an off-duty officer and shots fired at police during the manhunt.

Police had been searching for two suspects Tuesday afternoon, one of which had been identified as 22-year-old Kyle Cherry.

The manhunt was sparked by an early morning carjacking at a BP gas station on Fort Street near Clark Avenue. A suspect pulled a gun on the off-duty officer before 3 a.m. and forced him out of his black Dodge Ram pickup truck while two other people sat nearby in a white minivan. The driver got away with the truck, as well as the officer's pistol, uniform, body armor, cell phone and wallet.

Police located the truck Tuesday afternoon and a short high-speed chase ensued, with the truck crashing in Melvindale. After a foot chase, police arrested the suspect without incident after finding him hiding in a back yard. 

Police were able to identify and locate the white minivan Tuesday afternoon and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. Police say one of the two suspects in the vehicle fired several shots at the officers, and a "very armed, tense and dangerous situation," as Detroit Police Chief James Craig called it, ensued in Southwest Detroit

Residents in the area were urged to remain inside and lock their doors.

Cherry was located and taken into custody around 6 p.m. It was unclear whether any additional suspects were still at large.

No injuries have been reported.

Craig says Cherry has a "very extensive criminal history" and has threatened police before.

"In fact, we think this crew is involved in other carjackings," Craig said.

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