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Police: Detroit officer shoots man who hit him with gun

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A Detroit police officer opened fire on a suspect who hit him with a weapon Thursday on the city’s northwest side, investigators say.

The officer and a colleague with the 8th Precinct were patrolling at about 8:40 p.m. when they noticed someone acting suspiciously near the 20000 block of Bert, Capt. Darin Szilagy told reporters.

After the officer confronted him in the driveway of a home south of Eight Mile, a physical altercation ensued, Szilagy said.

The man “produced a handgun and ultimately was able to swing it and strike our officer in the head,” the captain said. “Our officer, fearing for his life and his safety, produced his department weapon and returned fire, striking the suspect multiple times.”

Backup officers took the suspect into custody and transported him to a hospital for treatment. The man, who has not been named, was listed in stable condition late Thursday.

The officer also was hospitalized in stable condition with a head wound, Szilagy said. “We’re very thankful that the officer is going to recover.”

Meanwhile, investigators recovered a handgun from the scene and were working to determine what the man was doing before the incident, Szilagy said.

The incident happened eight days after Officer Glenn Doss was shot while responding to a domestic violence call on the city’s east side. He died four days later; his funeral is scheduled for Friday.

Such episodes underscore how “it’s a very dangerous job we’re doing for this community,” Szilagy said.