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Detroit police chief: Suspect in officer’s slaying ‘very target specific’

Detroit Police Chief James Craig speaks during a news conference about one of his officer's fatal shooting on Nov. 21, 2019. (WDIV)

DETROIT – Detroit's police chief says a gunman who fatally shot one officer and wounded another was trying "to bait" them as they searched a home for him.

Chief James Craig said Thursday that the 28-year-old man waited at the bottom of basement stairs, fired two shots from an assault-type rifle and ran past the fallen officers. Other officers shot him in the arm outside the home. He was arrested a block away.

Craig said the gunman was "very target specific" and "knew what he planned to do."

Officer Rasheen McClain was shot in the neck and died. Officer Phillippe Batoum-Bisse is being treated for a leg wound.

The shooting happened Wednesday evening as officers responded to a report of a man with a gun who was looking for an estranged girlfriend.

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Detroit police Officer Rasheen McClain