Detroit police: Shots never fired at officers, but officer did fire at gunman

Police say driver of stolen vehicle fled

DETROIT – Detroit police confirmed an officer fired at a suspect Tuesday night near Hoover Street and East State Fair Avenue. 

Original reports indicated shots were fired at Detroit police officers, but police clarified Wednesday morning that shots never were fired at officers. It was an officer who fired shots at an armed suspect. 

It happened about 9:30 p.m. after gang intelligence officers spotted a vehicle blocking a driveway. Three teenage boys -- all about 16 or 17 years old -- were inside the vehicle. Officers found out the vehicle was stolen and attempted to contact the teens inside. 

Police said the driver jumped out of the stolen vehicle armed with a gun. He ran, scaled a fence then turned around and pointed the gun at the officer who was in pursuit. The officer fired two or three shots. The suspect kept running, but dropped his gun. 

The manhunt lasted for hours before police captured their suspect. 

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the officer's rounds did not strike the suspect. Craig said the officer is on leave for an investigation, which is considered standard protocol.  

Police searching for another suspect

As for the other two teens in the car, police are still looking for one of them. The other one stayed at the stolen vehicle and cooperated with officers. 

One police officer did suffer minor injuries. 

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