Father of Detroit cop shot Wednesday says he's still critical
A Detroit police officer who was shot in the head while responding to a barricaded gunman this week remained in critical condition late Friday.
The police department confirmed just after 11 p.m. that Doss' critical status had not changed.
Earlier in the day, the father of 25-year-old Glenn Doss told reporters his son's condition "is still 50/50" during a news conference outside Detroit Receiving Hospital. A bullet entered above Doss' left eyebrow and remains lodged in the back of his head following the Wednesday shooting.
"He's a fighter and I believe God can work miracles," Glenn Doss Sr. said of his son, who has been with the department for two years and works out of the seventh precinct. "I never told him to join the police department, that was a decision he made on his own."
Doss Sr. said he learned of his son's condition almost immediately Wednesday from an ex-wife who is a lieutenant for EMS. He said his son was in surgery late Wednesday night to stop the bleeding and they are still waiting for his brain swelling to subside.
Chief James Craig said Friday morning on the WJR News Radio 760 AM's Paul W. Smith Show the department was keeping Doss in their thoughts.
"We're hoping and praying that he just continues to improve," Craig said. "It's a tough time."
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page was set up Thursday for the wounded officer's girlfriend of nine years, Emily Crouse, and their son, 9-month-old son, Eli. Late Friday, the page had raised more than $11,000.
Police said Doss was among the officers responding to a 10:30 p.m. call Wednesday from someone believed to be the suspect in a domestic violence case at a home in the 5500 block of McDougall, near Interstate 94 and Chene Street.
As officers arrived, the suspect was outside of the home and fired at them with a weapon. Doss was a passenger in one of the patrol vehicles, according to police.
He was rushed to Detroit Receiving Hospital and underwent surgery.
The suspect went into the home and stayed there until police used a chemical agent to force him out and arrested him at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, officials said.