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Detroit man charged after cop shot in hand in struggle

James David Dickson, and Candice Williams

A 29-year-old Detroit man who allegedly shot a police officer and himself while trying to avoid arrest was arraigned Monday afternoon.

Donald Lee Simmons is charged with one count of resisting and obstructing the police causing injury, felonious assault, felon in possession of a firearm and felony firearm, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. Simmons has also been charged with two counts each of resisting and obstructing a police officer.

According to officials, around 11:40 p.m. Saturday night two Detroit police officers saw Simmons walking and then running with a gun in his waistband in the 15800 block of Prairie — west of Livernois and south of Puritan.

“The officers pursued Simmons on foot and it is alleged that Simmons took his gun out of his waistband and while struggling with one of the officers Simmons fired his weapon striking the officer,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement Monday. “The defendant also shot himself in the hand during the struggle.”

The other officer at the scene was able to put Simmons in handcuffs, but he ran away. After another struggle Simmons was placed under arrest, officials said.

The officer was grazed in the hand and was in stable condition at a hospital following the incident.

Magistrate Laura Echartea of the 36th District Court set bond for Simmons at $250,000 cash or surety. A probable cause conference is set for June 29 and a preliminary examination for July 5.