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Detroit cop shot in exchange of gunfire with suspect

George Hunter
The Detroit News

What began as a traffic stop turned into a gunfight between a suspect and two police officers Monday morning on Detroit’s east side.

One officer received a grazing wound to his leg while the other had a hand injury, but was not shot. Both officers, who are from the Ninth Precinct, are expected to recover.

The suspect was shot several times but survived and was treated at St. John Hospital. The two officers were also taken there, police said.

According to police, the incident occurred at about 10:20 a.m. in the 20000 block of McCormick, near Interstate 94 and Moross, in broad daylight.

“Once the first officers arrived, they observed a male and a female inside the vehicle,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig said. “The driver began to remove a handgun and tried to hide it in the vehicle.”

At that point, the woman jumped out of the car and started running. She was apprehended a short time later at a nearby park.

The man then led police on a short chase before he jumped out of the vehicle with the handgun. He shot at the officers, grazing one and injuring another.

Craig said the second officer was conscious when taken to the hospital.

“It was certainly a firefight,” Craig said at a streetside press conference.

Yolanda Johnson, who lives near where the shooting occurred, said there were multiple shots fired.

“I heard some shots in the distance,” she said. “About 15 or 20 shots.”

She said the neighborhood is normally quiet.

The officer who was grazed is an officer with the Special Operations Unit and a seven-year veteran of the force.

This incident has been one of several Detroit cop shootings in recent weeks. An 18-year veteran was shot on Halloween during a raid on a known drug house.

Craig decried the violence against police.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s day or night: If you shoot at a police officer, then that’s a problem,” he said. “If you respond with any deadly force, the officers will respond with deadly force. Our officers face this danger every day.

“It’s a miracle no one else was injured.”

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