On Friday, a Flint Township police officer was shot in the line of duty during a traffic stop.
MLive reported that the officer stopped the vehicle at the Hometown Inn in the 3200 block of Miller Road around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, January 23. Flint Township Police Lt. Jim Baldwin said in the course of the traffic stop a fight broke out between the driver and the officer.
During the incident, the 54-year-old driver pulled out a gun and fired shots at the officer. The injured officer then called for backup. Baldwin said both the officer and backup officers returned gun fire and hit the suspect.
According to WNEM, both the officer and the driver were transported to an area hospital for treatment. A press release from the Flint Township Police Department stated the officer was in stable condition. The condition of the driver is unknown at this time.
Police from jurisdictions all around Genesee County responded to the call for an officer down. Burton, Grand Blanc Township, Flint, Clayton Township, Mt. Morris Township, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department and Michigan State Police vehicles reported at the scene.
Michigan State Police are investigating the incident.