DETROIT - Friends and well-wishers are paying their respects Monday to the family of a Detroit police officer who died six months after another officer accidentally shot him in the head during a confrontation with a suspect.
Thirty-seven-year-old Patrick Hill was part of a federal, state and local anti-crime task force that located homicide suspect Matthew R. Joseph on April 2.
Police say Joseph opened fire on officers, and they returned fire, killing him.
Sgt. Jeffrey Pacholski was wounded but recovered.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig says Hill's injures were likely the result of friendly fire from a shotgun blast meant for the suspect.
When officers tried to stop the car Joseph was in, he took off. A chase ensued before shots were fired. Craig said pellets from the blast were deflected by the roof of the vehicle before hitting Hill.
Hill's funeral is Monday at 10 a.m. at Greater Grace Temple on W. Seven Mile and Telegraph in Detroit.
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