Detroit police: Slain officer likely hit by friendly fire in April shooting

Officer Patrick Hill was shot during Detroit shootout at Linwood, Hooker streets

DETROIT - Officials say a Detroit police officer who was shot during a shootout at Linwood and Hooker streets back in April has died.

Officer Patrick Hill died from his injuries shortly after 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the Detroit Police Department confirms. Police said during a news conference on Monday that it was likely friendly fire that struck and ultimately killed Hill.

"Officer Hill's wounds were likely the result of friendly fire," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

Craig said the blast that hit Hill came from a police shotgun that was aimed at the suspect's vehicle. Pellets from the blast were deflected by the roof of the vehicle, striking Officer Hill.

Sgt. Jeffrey Pacholski also was wounded in the shootout that took place on April 2 this year in Detroit. He was wounded in the leg.

A suspected gunman, 23-year-old Matthew Renard Joseph, was killed when police returned fire. Police said officers were tracking Joseph as a suspect in a killing.

When officers tried to stop the car Joseph was in, he took off. A chase ensued before shots were fired.

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Jasmire Jamal King, 26, also was arrested in connection with the shooting.

Officer Hill funeral information

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Greater Grace Temple on West Seven Mile Road at Telegraph Road in Detroit.

A viewing will be held Sunday, Oct. 27, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. at James Cole Funeral Home -- 16100 Schaefer in Detroit.

Family hours for the viewing will be between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Officer Patrick Hill

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