March 16–Police late Wednesday arrested a man suspected of shooting two Detroit police officers earlier in the evening, ending a massive manhunt that covered several blocks of the city’s west side.
One officer was shot in the ankle and the other in the neck; they reportedly drove themselves to Detroit Receiving Hospital and both were expected to survive.
When officers caught up to the suspect in the vicinity of the manhunt he was found with gunshot injuries to his leg. Police believe those injuries came during his original exchange of gunfire with the two officers.
A handgun was recovered and he was taken to a hospital.
At Receiving Hospital earlier, officers milled around awaiting word on the injured officers.
Chief James Craig said the two officers were on special operations in a semi-marked police car, wearing body armor, doing a narcotics investigation not far from where Wayne State University Police Sgt. Collin Rose was fatally shot Nov. 22.
They were questioning a person when the suspect started making furtive movements, then pulled out a gun and fired several shots. The two officers returned fire, apparently hitting him in the leg.
Craig said one of the officers, a 20-year veteran of the department, had a through-and-through wound to the neck. Doctors were optimistic the officer would survive.
The other officer, a 40-year veteran, was shot in the ankle, with injuries not as serious. Two bullets to his upper torso were stopped by his body armor, Craig said.
Craig asked that metro Detroiters keep both officers in their prayers.
“We’re not prepared to say there’s a connection between this suspect and the Collin Rose case but we’re investigating to look for a link,” said Craig. Police said the gun recovered late Wednesday will be tested for any evidence it’s connected to the Collin Rose shooting.
Mayor Mike Duggan was also on the scene.
Earlier in the evening, police from several departments swarmed the neighborhood near 23rd and Ash in a search for the gunman.
Officers with long guns drawn and wearing heavy gear searched, shining flashlights into the burned-out rubble of homes. Several blocks were closed off and a police dog was on the scene.
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