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Leonard N. Fleming, and Nicquel Terry

A man suspected of firing 10 shots at officers with an AK-47 on Tuesday night has turned himself in but is only listed as a person of interest, Detroit police officials said Wednesday.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said that the two officers were investigating a dice game on the city’s westside, and when they approached in the squad car shots were fired at their vehicle. The officers then returned multiple rounds of fire but did not apprehend the suspect, he said.

Police said the suspect is D’Angelo Davis, 40, of Detroit, who fired upon officers around 11:24 p.m. near the corner of Sussex and Schoolcraft. The car was hit by three bullets, but did not strike the officers. Craig said the man voluntarily turned himself in and is being questioned after eluding police at the scene.

“We believe it was intentional based on the circumstances,” Craig said at an afternoon news conference. “But we are still very much in the investigation. What happened last night should be a reminder of the danger our police officers face. We are extremely fortunate that the officers were not hit by gunfire.”

Craig said that tips came in after the shooting and “we made contact with the person” after his picture was made public early Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, DPD spokesman Dan Donakowski said an argument ensued over a dice game. Police were called to the area and that’s when Davis allegedly shot at the police car, he said.

DPD officials said Davis escaped after officers searched a home in the 13900 block of Sussex with a K-9 unit.

“The message must be clear, you don’t get to threaten a police officer,” Craig said. “You don’t get to shoot at a police officer. You do so and know we will find you. We will get you and we will arrest you.”


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