Detroit police seek man accused of firing shots at officers

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

The Detroit Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a man accused of firing shots at officers on the city’s east side Friday afternoon.

Police released photos of the man Saturday. He is described as a Black male, 5 feet 9 inches tall with a slim build and short dreadlocks. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, black pants and armed.

The Detroit Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding this man.

Ninth Precinct special operations officers were called to Kennebec and Gunston at about 2:30 p.m. for a report of a felonious assault. A resident told them a man had "fired multiple shots at his vehicle," police said in a statement.

While officers spoke with the complainant, he spotted the suspect riding in a black Chrysler 300 passing by. The officers rushed to pull over the car, but as it slowed down near McNichols and Strasburg, the suspect left the passenger side and fled on foot, according to the release. 

"At some point, the suspect fired multiple shots at officers, of which none took effect, then continued running," police said. "The officers did not return fire."

After a K-9 failed to find him, the Chrysler was recovered, unoccupied, about four miles away, in the 6000 block of Farmbrook, police said.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the man is asked to call the Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Task Force at (313)596-2260. Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

Detroit Police also need assistance in locating the driver of the vehicle, whose description is unknown at this time.

The incident came a day after people in two vehicles under investigation fired at undercover officers in west Detroit. Four people were arrested after a search.