1 Detroit Police Officer Killed, 1 In Serious Condition After Shooting On City's West Side

A 16-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department was killed

WWJ News
November 20, 2019 - 8:07 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) -- A suspect is hospitalized in police custody after a shooting involving Detroit police that left one officer dead and another injured.

The incident happened around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Wyoming and Chippewa Avenues, south of 8 Mile Road as police were called to the scene of a home invasion in progress. 

Detroit Police Chief James Craig says two officers arrived to the scene and saw residents of the home running out of the house, reporting the suspect was armed with a rifle. Within minutes, backup arrived and four officers entered the home.

"The officers made entry into this home. Once they made entry, they cleared the upper level of the home in search of this suspect. As they made their way downstairs, the suspect – who was armed with a high-powered rifle – began to open fire on the officers," Craig told reporters outside Sinai Grace Hospital, where the officers were taken following the shooting.

One officer, a 16-year veteran of the department, sustained a single gunshot wound to the neck. Craig says because it was a high-powered rifle, the round traversed up through the rear of his skull, where the bullet was lodged. The officer succumbed to his injuries.

The other officer, a three-year veteran of the department, was struck in his left leg and was listed in temporary serious condition.

Police have not released any names of those involved. Craig said the spouse of the officer who was killed has been notified, but police are still withholding his name.

Craig said the suspect has a "fairly lengthy" criminal record, including weapons charges. The suspect was recently released on parole. He was listed in temporary serious condition late Wednesday night.

Craig said the incident was "part of a domestic situation" and that the suspect was looking for his girlfriend and "he was angry," but Craig did not elaborate further.

A tow truck driver told WWJ's Jon Hewett near the scene of the shooting that he witnessed the suspect being apprehended.

"I was driving around, I seen a mass of police cars come, and then I followed them where they went, seen the guy shot in the grass and they cut his shirt off and he looked to be fit and in-shape. I watched them take him, put him in the ambulance," the witness said.

The witness said a car crash took place as vehicles tried to avoid the scene. Craig said he could not confirm the crash.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan also spoke outside the hospital, where hundreds of Detroit police officers gathered to mourn and show support for the department.

"Detroit police have got to be as courageous as any people in this country," Duggan said. "Four officers go into a house with an armed and dangerous gunman in order to protect our citzens. We lost a hero."

"It's a night for Detroiters to reflect on what these police officers mean to us," Duggan said. "They're just on a shift and all of a sudden they're in a life and death situation."

A helicopter was on the scene as police continued to investigate the incident late Wednesday night.

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