DETROIT – A Detroit police officer was shot Wednesday by a barricaded gunman on the city's east side.
A suspect was taken into custody early Thursday morning. Sources say officers threw tear gas into the home, he tried to escape but was captured.
Police said officers were responding to a domestic violence call at 10:40 p.m. Wednesday in the 5500 block of McDougall Street near East Kirby Street. A man had called police to say he assaulted his wife, and another woman called to say her father might have fired gunshots.
When the officers arrived, they saw a man standing outside a home with a weapon. They said he took a stance and fired a shot. The officer driving the squad car looked at his partner and realized he had been shot.
The officer left and took his partner to Detroit Receiving Hospital. He has a serious head injury and is listed in critical condition. He's still undergoing surgery.
Police said the shooting suspect was barricaded inside the house. Officers were communicating with the man through a bullhorn in an armored vehicle, but he stopped responding around 1 a.m. Thursday. He was later taken into custody.
Assistant Detroit Police Chief Arnold Williams said they got the children and the man's wife out of the house.
"It's somber," Williams said. "We've had too many injured officers."
The gunman has previous violent and gun charges, but no convictions. He has registered weapons.
First Assistant Detroit Police Chief LaShinda Stair said the officer is 25 years old and has been with the department for almost two years. His father also works for DPD, but he was off-duty when his son was shot.
The victim has a 9-month-old child and a live-in girlfriend.
"It's very difficult," Stair said. "We've been here many times before, standing in this same spot."
Officers from across the city and Michigan State Police troopers responded to the scene.
Chief James Craig was at a conference out of the state, but he got a flight to return home as soon as possible.
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