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Detroit police witness gun battle near homicide scene

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — Police are looking for two men involved in a gun battle early Thursday that was witnessed by officers near the scene of a previous homicide.

The plainclothes officers were looking for a suspect in the fatal shooting when they discovered a shootout in progress around 1:15 a.m. near E. Eight Mile and the Interstate 75 service drive, police said.

"I ... provided the info(rmation) of the suspect to the officers and directed them to that area in an attempt to identify the suspect when they encountered gunfire," said Sgt. Todd Eby.

The suspects fled the scene on foot.

The officers were not shot at, police said. They were not injured and did not fire their weapons.

The previous homicide occurred just south of the shootout location, around 12:45 p.m. Sunday on the 19300 block of Omira, said Officer Jennifer Moreno. A 24-year-old man driving a dark-blue Buick Century was shot while driving and struck a tree.

The victim, Lamarr Perry, was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. from a gunshot wound to the head, said Ryan Bridges, spokesman for the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office.

Police released images Tuesday showing a person of interest in the case.

"This case is very closable with help from the community," Eby said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detroit Police at (313) 596-1616 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. Anonymous tips can also be left through the police department's smart phone app, "DPD Connect."

HFournier@detroitnews.com

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