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Highland Park reserve officer shot at block party

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A Highland Park reserve police officer is in stable condition after being shot in the stomach after a block party on Detroit’s east side early Sunday morning, officials said.

Robert Ball, 58, was not on duty or in Highland Park when the shooting occurred. He was at or around his home in the area of Teppert and Manning, south of East State Fair in Detroit.

Marli Blackman, spokeswoman for the Highland Park Police Department, said Ball has been a reserve officer since 2007 and is one of about 100 reservists who assist sworn officers with large events and crowd control in the enclave of about 11,000.

There had been a block party on Teppert on Saturday night and it was in its late stages at about 2:30 a.m. when Ball was shot, said Sgt. Michael Woody of the Detroit Police Department.

“It’s unclear if the reserve officer was a direct target or the victim of a random act,” Woody said on Sunday, but police do not believe Ball was targeted for his reserve status.

“Something spiraled and he was caught in the crossfire,” Blackman added.

“We don’t know if it was a drive-by or if he was the target,” Woody said, noting that there were also shell casings down the block from where Ball was shot. Witnesses at the scene were uncooperative with investigators, Woody said.

jdickson@detroitnews.com