Video shows man suspected of taking weapons after attempted robbery, shooting of Detroit officer
Off-duty Detroit police officer hurt in shootout on city's east side
DETROIT – Detroit police have released surveillance video and portions of a 911 call in connection to the attempted robbery and shooting of an off-duty police officer on Detroit's east side.
The video shows a black Chevy Impala that police believe was used by a man who took the officer's weapon after the shootout.
Police said the officer was struck while exchanging shots with a man who tried to rob him. When the officer dialed 911, the person in the video is believed to have taken the officer's phone to speak with the 911 operation. The man then picked up the weapons used in the shootout, placed them in the Impala, dropped the phone and fled the scene, police said.
The video shows the man talking on the phone next to the officer. You can also hear parts of the 911 call in the video.
You can see the Impala and the man suspected to stealing the weapons and listen to the 911 call in the video below:
Detroit officer injured in shootout
One suspect was killed Sunday night and a second suspect is in custody Monday after an off-duty Detroit police officer was shot on the city's east side.
Police Chief James Craig held a news conference Monday morning and said the officer is talking and is optimistic.
The shooting happened around 11 p.m. on the corner of Gratiot Avenue and Chene Street, outside the Motor City Liquor store. Police believe the officer was the target of an attempted robbery.
ORIGINAL REPORT: Off-duty Detroit police officer critically injured in shootout
According to police, the officer made a purchase at the store and walked into the parking lot. Craig said security cameras captured the shooting, but that the location is not a Green Light program and the quality is low.
"If it was a Green Light location, we probably would have had a plate number, a vehicle description," Craig said.
A suspect is seen running to the officer in the parking lot with his arm extended, holding a weapon. The officer drew his weapon and both parties fired.
The suspect was shot and killed. The officer was shot in the torso and the foot.
A second person was taken into custody who police believe was an active participant in the robbery.
The 27-year-old officer was rushed to Detroit Receiving Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. He is in critical condition. He has been in the police force for one year.
Craig said the officer told him he wants to get out of the hospital and he wants a police motorcycle.
Third suspect arrives on scene, takes guns
After the shooting, another person showed up and walked up to the man who shot at the officer. Police believe the man took the gun from the shooting suspect and also took the injured officer’s gun.
"His gun was laying adjacent to him," Craig said. "He removed the gun and then he went over to where the officer was lying, and it appeared that he may have taken his gun as well."
Craig said the guns were taken about eight minutes after the shootout.
"He was in no hurry to leave that scene," Craig said. "He made no effort to help the suspect who was shot or the officer."
Craig said the third suspect was very methodical and did not appear to be in a hurry.
Police are looking for two vehicles: a dark-colored or black sedan and a 2008 or 2009 silver or white Dodge Durango.
"The fact that this individual, instead of trying to render aid, they basically approached the downed suspect, and my sense is that there is a relationship with this suspect that was down and this person," Craig said.
Craig hopes someone can identify the vehicles and hopefully a witness can help.
"Enough is enough," Craig said. "It needs to stop."
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