Detroit police seek person in officer confrontation

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Detroit police are seeking a person they say appeared to confront an officer Wednesday night on the city’s west side.

Officers with the 12th Precinct were called to the 17100 block of Pennington about 8:45 p.m. regarding a report on a person believed to have died from natural causes, said Officer Shanelle Williams, a spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department.

While there, the officers “heard several shots being fired” nearby, Williams said, then spotted a red Toyota speeding away.

The officers trailed the car north on San Juan, between Pickford and Curtis, where the driver stopped, “lifted up his shirt and reached inside of his waistband,” Williams said. “Fearing for his life, the officer fired one shot.”

It wasn’t clear if the shot took effect; the driver fled the scene, Williams said. The officer was not shot or injured in the encounter, she said.

Investigators did not release a full description of the man or additional details Wednesday night.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detroit police at (313) 596-1240 or Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.