Police: DTE worker shot, gunman arrested after barricading self

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A DTE Energy worker was shot Thursday while replacing a gas line in southwest Detroit, and the man accused of shooting him was arrested hours later, surrendering after barricading himself about a mile away.

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The shooting took place around 1:10 p.m. on Ogden near Kirkwood, said Officer Holly Lowe, a Detroit Police Department spokeswoman.

Two vehicles in the area were firing shots, and the 32-year-old utility worker realized he had been shot in his shoulder. He called 911 and medics transported him to Detroit Receiving Hospital. He is listed in stable condition.

Seven hours later, in the 5000 block of Ogden, just off Michigan Avenue, the 24-year-old male suspect barricaded himself after police arrived to serve a warrant. 

The man eventually surrendered himself to police without further incident. Police recovered a gun from the scene as well.

Michael Lynch, head of security at DTE, said this is the first incident of violence against a DTE worker in the field in 2018. The employee was replacing gas lines in the area at the time, part of the company's proactive efforts to prevent gas leaks. 

Lynch described the incident as a "random situation," one where a worker happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and was not targeted. 

DTE has contracted with the Detroit Police Department to hire off-duty officers on secondary employment to protect workers in the field, and has trained workers to avoid situations where they feel unsafe. 

Lynch said DTE will debrief on the incident to learn if anything can be done to prevent similar violence in the future.

Police are investigating the incident.