Conditions of Detroit officers wounded in shootout improving
2 officers investigating homicide suspect shot, suspect killed in shootout on city's west side
The two Detroit police officers who were wounded in a shootout on the city's west side Tuesday are steadily recovering.
The officers, who are members of an anti-crime task force, were rushed to Henry Ford Hospital following the confrontation with a homicide suspect.
One of the officers, a sergeant, was shot in the head. He's out of surgery but is in critical condition to temporary serious.
The other officer, who was shot in the leg, has already been released from the hospital.
Interim Chief Chester Logan said the incident started around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday when the officers spotted a man suspected in a Thursday killing and tried stopping the vehicle he was in near Linwood and Hooker streets.
"The officers attempted to make a traffic stop," said Logan, speaking alongside Mayor Dave Bing at a news conference Tuesday night at the hospital. "A vehicle pursuit occurred."
Sgt. Eren Stephens said the 23-year-old suspect was in the car with a woman and another man. She and Logan didn't say who was driving and declined further comment. Two people were arrested.
Logan said the officers chased the vehicle to a location on the city's west side. The suspect fired at the officers before being killed, Logan said.
--Interim Detroit Police Chief Chester Logan.
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About the officers:
The names of the officers and suspect were not immediately released.
Stephens said the critically wounded officer is a 12-year veteran on the force and the other injured officer is a sergeant with 24 years with the department.
The officers serve on a joint federal, state and local anti-crime task force. The Comprehensive Violence Reduction Partnership is made up of Detroit police officers, Michigan State Police officers, Michigan Department of Corrections officers and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents.
--Detroit police held a news conference Tuesday night in the auditorium at Henry Ford Hospital.