Police: Man Suspected of Wounding 2 Detroit Officers Caught

Police: Man Suspected of Wounding 2 Detroit Officers Caught Photo: AP/ File

March 16, 2017 05:50 AM

Police have arrested a man suspected of shooting and wounding two Detroit officers in an exchange of gunfire that also left the suspect wounded, authorities say.
The officers were conducting a narcotics investigation Wednesday night on the city's west side when they approached a man who was "acting fidgety," Police Chief James Craig said. The man pulled out a gun and fired before the officers returned fire, Craig said.
One officer was shot in the neck and "the early diagnosis is he's going to be OK," Craig said. The other officer was shot in the ankle and body armor stopped two bullets to the chest, he said. Officers gathered at the Detroit hospital awaiting updates on their condition.
"Tragedy has struck again in the city of Detroit regarding Detroit's finest," Craig said. "The good news is that both are being treated."
The man fled, sparking a police search that ended late Wednesday with the arrest of a 60-year-old man, Craig said. The man had a gunshot wound to a leg that police believe was from the initial exchange of gunfire, Craig said. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.
The shooting took place near where Wayne State University officer was fatally shot in November. The officers who were shot Wednesday were part of a stepped up police presence in the area since 29-year-old Collin Rose was shot, Craig said.
Police are investigating whether there's any connection between the shootings in November and Wednesday, Craig said. Investigators have been asking for tips from the public in Rose's death. Charges against a man initially arrested in the case were later dropped.

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