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Detroit — An attempted carjacking suspect armed with a crowbar may have been injured early Tuesday when his would-be victim opened fire, police said.

A 42-year-old Detroit man was pumping air into the tires of his 1995 Buick Roadmaster when he was approached by an unknown suspect around 6:40 a.m. at the BP gas station on the 10600 block of East Outer Drive at Harper, Officer Keisha Beasley-Dorsey said.

“The perp approached the victim from the rear, stated ‘I’ll kill you,’ jumped into the victim’s vehicle and attempted to pull off,” Beasley-Dorsey said. “The victim shot into the windshield, and the perp ran the vehicle into a pole at the gas station.”

Beasley-Dorsey said it is not clear if the suspect was hit by gunfire, but responding officers found blood on the ground and the victim did not appear to be injured in the incident. It also remains unclear if the victim was licensed to carry his firearm.

After the vehicle crashed, the suspect jumped out and turned to attack the victim, Beasley-Dorsey said.

“He grabbed a crowbar from the victim’s vehicle and attempted to chase the victim,” she said. “Then, the perp fled on foot.”

The suspect is described by police as a bald man in his late 30s or early 40s, with a medium complexion and mustache. He was wearing a light-colored sweater and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detroit police at (313) 596-2555 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) SPEAK-UP.

HFournier@detroitnews.com

(313) 223-4616

@HollyPFournier

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