Off-duty Detroit officer arrested for possessing a gun while intoxicated

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — Police said an off-duty Detroit Police Department officer was arrested Saturday night after an altercation at a wedding on the city's west side, during which she was allegedly found to be intoxicated while in possession of a firearm.

The arrest took place about 8:30 p.m. Saturday at a wedding on the 10400 block of Livernois, which is north of Grand River, police said. 

The officer, a three-year veteran whose name wasn't released, may have fired her weapon, Chief James Craig said during a news conference.

Police are investigating whether she fired her weapon and, if so, if she had done so in response to other shots fired at the party, he said.

No one was struck by the gunfire.

The gunshots followed an argument during which one person assaulted another with a chair, said Craig. He wasn't sure what caused the argument but said it didn't involve the police officer.

It was after the argument and chair attack that the officer may have fired her weapon, he said.

The off-duty officer was arrested for aggravated assault as well as possessing a gun while intoxicated.

Detroit police have launched an internal probe as well as a criminal investigation into the incident.

The officer's age and the alleged assault victim's age were not immediately available.