Carjacker takes pickup truck with police armor, gun inside in Detroit

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DETROIT – Police equipment was inside a pickup truck taken by a carjacker early Tuesday morning at a BP gas station on Fort Street near Clark Avenue in Southwest Detroit.

Investigators said the driver went into the gas station and when he came out, a gunman approached him and took his keys. The gunman then left in the victim’s truck.

The truck was chased by officers. It crashed in Melvindale and after a short foot pursuit, officers found their suspect hiding in a backyard.

The gunman was also with someone in a silver van. Police were looking for that person, too.

Police body armor and a gun were inside the vehicle, but this was not a police vehicle that was stolen.

NEW: Video shows carjacker point gun in off-duty cop's face

The video shows the frightening confrontation. The driver is shown dropping the keys to the truck on the pavement. The thief picks up the keys, gets in the truck and drives away. The victim is an off-duty cop. This happened about 3 a.m. Tuesday watch:

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