A 50-year-old retired Detroit police officer is in stable condition after being shot in the hip during an attempted carjacking on the city’s west side Tuesday night, police confirmed.

The retiree had pulled his car over in the area of Plymouth Road and Forrer — just west of Greenfield — on Detroit’s west side, to send a text message to his wife.

That’s when a masked man approached, said Officer Dan Donakowski, a Detroit Police Department spokesman. This was about 7:30 p.m.

The suspect wore a black and white ski mask and a black hoodie, Donakowski said. He went over to the driver’s side window, where a physical altercation ensued between himself and the victim. The suspect fired a weapon and struck the victim in his left hip before fleeing on foot. Police don’t believe anything was actually stolen.

The victim was able to drive himself to a local hospital, where he was in stable condition at last report. No arrests have been made.

jdickson@detroitnews.com

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