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Detroit — Detroit police are on the lookout fortwo suspects after two officers in an unmarked police car were shot at late Wednesday night while out on surveillance. 

 

The shooting-turned-shootout-turned-manhunt started around 10:30 p.m. in the area of McClellan and St. Paul on Detroit's east side, said Officer Dan Donakowski, a Detroit police spokesman. The area is north of East Jefferson and west of Cadillac Boulevard.

During a press conference to address the attack, Police Chief James Craig said the officers were undercover, not in uniform and in an unmarked police car. They were on the lookout for a possible armed robbery suspect when a "cream or light colored vehicle" approached and fired shots at the officers, Craig said.   

Officers returned fire, but it appears no one was hit in the shootout. Ultimately, the suspects fled the scene.

Craig said the undercover vehicle was struck twice, and police were able to recover gun casings and one firearm at the scene. 

Officers are still investigating how many shots were fired, "but we do know two of the rounds fired by the suspect did hit the side of the undercover vehicle, and we did not recover the other firearm."

The suspects are described as two males; one was wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and the other a gray-hooded sweatshirt.

Craig said he's not sure if the officers were directly targeted, but "it's always possible."

"We are asking for the public's help on this," said Craig. "The officers were not in Detroit police uniform or in a marked scout car, so we can't say for sure."

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