Detroit police chief: 2 unprovoked attacks on officers in 24-hour period

DETROIT – Detroit Police Chief James Craig expressed his concern Thursday morning about two officer-involved shootings in the past 24 hours which he called senseless and unprovoked. 

Craig spoke during a news conference about a shooting early Thursday morning in which his officers got into a "fierce gun battle" with a suspect on the city's east side. This incident came less than a day after three Detroit police officers were fired upon in a neighborhood near 8 Mile and John R roads. Chief Craig called both incidents unprovoked attacks and "ambushes."

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"An attack on a police officer is an attack on all of us," said the chief. "When will it stop? When will we stand together as one and say, 'This must end."

Craig's department is looking for three suspects in connection to shooting Wednesday. Thursday's suspected shooter was shot when officers returned fire. He is recovering at a hospital, Craig said. 

"We're trying to understand what would cause this suspect to attack our officers," he said. 

The chief is reminding his officers to be aware and vigilant. He referred to recent deadly officer-involved shootings in Tacoma, Wash. and Louisiana. 

"We're in some very difficult times. But we have to support our officers -- those who run to danger," said Craig. 

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