16 Detroit cops stuck in elevator in Greektown hotel

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — Sixteen Detroit Police officers were briefly stuck in an elevator at a Greektown hotel Tuesday, according to city and fire officials.

The elevator became stuck shortly before 1 p.m. inside the Atheneum Suite Hotel at 1000 Brush, Executive Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said. It is unclear how it became stuck.

The police department earlier reported 18 officers were inside the elevator but later revised the count.

“(The officers) were trapped between a lower level and the main lobby,” Jones said. “They were out immediately.”

Fire crews arrived at 12:54 p.m. and had the officers freed just after 1 p.m., Jones said.

“Squad Two got on the scene and extricated them,” Jones said. “They are well trained and we have a great team.”

No one was injured during the brief ordeal, Jones said.

“No reports to us about medical issues,” he said. “I can only imagine how it feels to be trapped in an elevator.”

City spokesman Dan Austin confirmed the number of officers stuck.

“I don’t know what the weight limit on that elevator is, but would think (that many) guys at around 200 pounds apiece might be what the problem is. I’m just speculating,” he said. “But we’re still looking into figuring out what exactly went on. It could have been a mechanical issue.”

Hotel officials were unable to confirm the situation, but said a number of Detroit officers were at the hotel this week for a conference.


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