DETROIT – A Detroit police officer was killed and another was injured Wednesday during a shootout with a man wielding a “high-powered rifle” on the city’s west side, officials said.
The city is mourning the loss of an 18-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department. He and another officer were injured during a shootout around 7 p.m. Wednesday on Wyoming Avenue near Eight Mile Road, according to authorities.
Police said the injured officer is still in the hospital, but is expected to recover.
Police respond to home invasion call
Resident Ernestine Wright said she heard a flurry of gunshots Wednesday night two doors down from where she lives on Wyoming Avenue.
Officers were searching for an armed home invasion suspect, who opened fire with what is described as an AK-47-type weapon, according to authorities.
Witnesses said the gunman originally went to the home looking for a female friend. A dispute was raging over money, they said.
“Preliminary, I can say that he was looking for his girlfriend,” Detroit police Chief James Craig said. “He was angry.”
Shootout with gunman
Four police officers arrived and everyone else inside the home got out, according to authorities. Craig said the officers had cleared the upper level of the home and were met by the gunman as they came downstairs.
“As the officers arrived, occupants of this home began running out,” Craig said. “The suspect, who was armed with a high-powered rifle, began to open fire on the officers.”
The officer who died was struck in the neck, police said. The other officer was hit in the leg and is being treated at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit, officials said.
About 275 police officers showed up at the hospital for support, officials said.
The gunman was shot when officers returned fire, police said. They said he is in custody at the hospital.
Officials said he has a lengthy criminal history, including firearms charges. He was just about to get off parole after he served time in prison.