A big loss for the Detroit Police. Two of their officers were injured, one of them is dead. What is even worse, is that the policeman killed, was a veteran with 18 years of work experience. The other policeman that also got injured is a three-year veteran.
The shooting happened on the western side of Detroit, in the area of Wyoming and Pembroke near Chippewa. The officers shot and injured on duty were responding to a home invasion report in that area. As Detroit Police Chief, James Craig reported, when the officers arrived on the scene, the suspect was carrying a high-powered rifle.
There were four officers on the scene; two of them received injuries. A gunshot wound that 18-year veteran received to his neck, was fatal for him. He died few hours later in Sinai-Grace Hospital. The other officer was shot in his leg and currently recovers in the same hospital. The injured officers were from Detroit's 12th Precinct.
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"Today is a tragic day for the Detroit police family," resumed it Detroit Police Chief James Craig, while he was addressing media outside of Sinai-Grace Hospital.
Also, told the suspect is in custody was found on Kentucky. More police continue to arrive here at the hospital
It is said that the suspect, that was later caught in Kentucky, "has a fairly lengthy criminal history involving weapons charges," as Chief Craig expressed it.
"We lost a hero," said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. "These nights are the worst part of the job for the chief and me. I think it's a night for Detroiters to reflect on what these police officers mean to us," he also added.
Every year, around 150 police officers are killed in the line of duty in the USA. Most of them die because the fatal gun wounds.