Cops: Man shot in foot says suspect impersonated DEA

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 28-year-old man was shot in the foot on Detroit’s west side early Wednesday morning — and claims someone posing as an agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration did the shooting.

The shooting took place about 2:55 a.m. on the 12000 block of Robson on Detroit’s west side. That’s north of Plymouth Road and east of Greenfield.

The victim told police he was inside the home when someone kicked in the door and yelled “DEA.” The suspect then shot the victim in the foot.

At that point, the victim said he jumped out of a window and fled. The man also told police that the suspect cut power to his home, but whether that happened or not was not immediately known, said Officer Jennifer Moreno, a spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department.

Rich Isaacson, special agent and spokesman for the Detroit office of the DEA, confirmed to The News that what happened on Robson “was not a DEA operation.”

Isaacson added that “it is DEA practice to wear clothing that is easily identifiable, to announce ‘DEA’ or ‘police’ or both when executing search warrants,” and that the DEA “would never execute an arrest with just one law-enforcement officer.”

jdickson@detroitnews.com