Shots fired at off-duty police officer on Detroit's west side

Person of interest in custody

DETROIT – A person of interest was taken into custody Sunday evening after several shots were fired at an off-duty Detroit police officer at point-blank range, police said.

Police said the incident happened shortly after 6 p.m. when the off-duty officer left Dexter Waverly Market at Dexter Avenue and Waverly Street, near Davison Street on Detroit's west side. While inside, he had a quick conversation with a woman, who left moments later.

Police said after exiting the store, the officer got into his pickup truck and drove away. He stopped a half-block away to use his phone and text someone when a man approached the driver's side of the pickup. Words were exchanged. According to police, man was upset that the off-duty officer had been talking to his sister.

The man produced a weapon, fired several shots and ran away, police said. The off-duty officer, who has been with force for more than 15 years, was not hurt. Damage was done to his vehicle, police said.

The DPD set up a perimeter and started interviewing men who matched the description of the shooter.

A person of interest was taken into custody and police said they do not believe the shooter knew the man was a police officer. Police are currently reviewing surveillance video.

Police are reminding people, if you pull over for any reason, do so in a well-light area.

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