Off-duty Detroit police officer critically injured in shootout with robber, robber killed

DETROIT – An off-duty Detroit police officer was shot Sunday night after exchanging gunfire with a robber.

The shooting happened at a liquor store at Chene and Gratiot on the city's east side.

Police Chief James Craig says the officer was confronted by the armed robber in the store's parking lot. The officer, fearing for his life, drew his firearm and the two began shooting.

The robber was killed.

The officer was shot twice; once in the foot and once in the torso. He is currently receiving treatment and is in critical condition.

The 27-year-old officer has been with the department for 1 year and has only been in the field for 6 months.

Chief Craig says police are looking for a second suspect who showed up 8 minutes after the shootout. The suspect retrieved the deceased robber's gun as well as the off-duty officer's police issued handgun.

The Chief also said one or two other suspects may also be involved.

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