Detroit police shoot man who charged at officers with pickup truck, hitting 1 of them

Suspect in police custody, hospitalized, expected to be OK

A police officer was involved in a shooting early Friday morning on Detroit’s west side, according to authorities.

DETROIT – A man is in police custody Friday morning after he allegedly intentionally drove his vehicle at Detroit police officers, hitting one officer.

Detroit police say that at about 12:45 a.m. Friday, they approached a Ford F-150 Raptor at a gas station at the corner of Schoolcraft and Outer Drive. Officials say the truck was wanted for reasons outside of what occurred Friday morning.

When police approached the vehicle at the gas station, the driver -- who was pumping gas into the truck -- reportedly got back into the vehicle, and then drove it directly at the officers, hitting one of them. Police fired several shots at the man, striking him once, officials said.

The driver of the Ford then reportedly fled the scene, driving about 1.5 miles away before exiting the pickup truck and attempting to flee on foot. Michigan State Police responded to the incident with their K-9 units and were able to track the suspect down, officials said.

The man was taken into police custody and is being treated at the hospital. He is expected to be OK. The Ford truck has been recovered.

Police say the officer who was hit by the truck is not injured, and did not seek any treatment after the incident.

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