Police: Armed pair may have tried to enter precinct HQ

George Hunter
The Detroit News

Detroit police officials have alerted officers that an armed man and woman with anti-police views may have tried to enter the 8th Precinct Tuesday.

A teletype sent throughout the department about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday warned that “a light complexioned black female armed with a rifle with an extended clip and a handgun attempted to enter the rear of the 8th Precinct. The woman fled in a red SUV.”

“Later, at approximately 11:53 ... (a sergeant at the 8th Precinct) stated that there was a second black male suspect described as 25-30 years of age, 5’8-5’10, 150 lbs, with a light complexion.

“The male was armed with two handguns and was knocking on the 8th Precinct glass while yelling obscenities against the police,” the teletype said. “The man dropped the guns and the above female picked the weapons up and fled the scene with the male suspect.”

Police Chief James Craig said the teletype was sent out as a precaution, although the details have not yet been confirmed.

“Preliminarily, what we think may have happened is, someone may have come to the 8th Precinct with a firearm or firearms,” Craig said. “That person could be suffering from mental illness.

“Some officers reported that a man came to the rear door of the precinct, and he may have had something in his hand,” the chief said. “They didn’t open the door, but directed him to come to the front.”

When the man came through the front door, he started acting strangely, Craig said.

“He starts doing the worm on the floor, flopping around like a fish out of water,” Craig said. “Then he starts throwing money on the floor.”

Meanwhile, the chief said, it appears a woman who was with the man picked up the firearms he left at the rear of the precinct. “They left in a red vehicle,” he said.

Craig said police located the vehicle and are investigating the incident.

“We haven’t yet confirmed the object was a firearm,” Craig said. “It’s still very early in the investigation. But we put out (the teletype) because we didn’t know if someone was going to attack other stations. We didn’t want other stations to be unprepared.”

Detroit police precincts have been attacked in the past. In 2011, a gunman walked into the 6th Precinct and opened fire, wounding four officers before Cmdr. Brian Davis fatally shot the gunman, Lamar Moore, 38.

After that incident, metal detectors were installed at all precinct entrances.


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