Man arrested after gunfight on Detroit's west side wounds man in finger

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Detroit — A man has been arrested after another man was shot in the finger during a gunfight Thursday on the city's west side, police said.

The suspect is also accused of stealing a former Detroit Police officer's vehicle and weapon, then using both in the incident, investigators announced Friday. Police said in a press release they need tips to find the former officer and said they are concerned about his well-being.

The shooting happened at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday at a home in the 15300 block of Ferguson near Fenkell and the Southfield Freeway, according to authorities.

Officials said that at about 11:15 a.m., hours before the man was injured, the suspect was at the location and fired gunshots at the home before fleeing. He allegedly returned at about 2:30 p.m. and fired at the home again.

A 40-year-old man who was inside the house came to its front door and exchanged gunfire with the shooter, police said. He was struck once in the finger.

The shooter fled and the victim was taken to a hospital. The victim is reported to be in stable condition, police said.

Detroit police officers, Wayne County Sheriff's deputies and Michigan State Police troopers located a suspect and arrested him at about 11 p.m. in the area of Schaefer Highway and Tireman, they said.

The arrest was part of the Violent Crime Reduction Initiative, a partnership between Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

Meanwhile, police learned the suspect had allegedly stolen the gun and car from former Detroit Police Officer Stefon Hodo.

Former Detroit police officer Stefon Hodo

"The vehicle and weapons were then used in the shooting," the police department said Friday. Both have been recovered.

Hodo served with Detroit Police from 2005-13, officials said.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact the department or Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. 

Staff Writer Mark Hicks contributed