Detroit officer's condition deteriorated overnight after shooting; will need further surgery

Police Chief James Craig held a news conference Monday morning to provide updates to the officer shot Sunday night on Detroit’s west side.

Craig was joined by Mayor Mike Duggan and Dr. James Wagner.

READ: Detroit police officer shot while responding to 911 call; suspect killed

Wagner said the officer was severely injured and that his condition had "deteriorated" overnight. The officer was shot once in the back of the head.

He said the officer would need another surgery.

“We’re going to do everything we can to save his life,” Wagner said.

What happened

A call was made to 911 at about 10:45 p.m. Sunday for a domestic dispute in the 10000 block of Joy Road, near Wyoming Avenue.

According to Craig, the caller said they would leave the door to the apartment building propped open, but officers instead were locked out of the building. Craig said they repeatedly kicked and pounded on the door to get tenants' attention.

A resident of the building, not involved with the domestic situation, opened the door and began firing. A 14-year veteran of the force was shot in the head with a .380 nickel plated pistol.

EMS was already in route for the domestic situation.

The junior officer at the scene fired several rounds from a covered position and the suspect was shot and killed.

"This is a sobering reminder of the dangers that our officers face every day," Craig said.

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