Off-duty Detroit cop involved in shooting at the Palace

Lauren Abdel-Razzaq
The Detroit News

Two people were shot and an off-duty Detroit Police officer was injured early Sunday morning during an altercation outside the Kevin Hart comedy show at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

The incident occurred just before Hart’s second performance of the night around 12:03 a.m. in the Palace parking lot, according to Auburn Hills police.

The off-duty officer was attempting to change a flat tire in a parking space when a second car pulled up and attempted to park next to the car with the flat tire. The people in that second car started yelling and physically fighting when two of the people got out of the vehicle.

“The officer was attacked in the parking lot and responded by using his off-duty weapon,” the Detroit Police Department said in a statement.

The officer hit two people; a 32-year-old man from Detroit and a 31-year-old woman from Harper Woods. The officer, a 26-year-old, sustained a head injury.

All three were transported to McLaren Oakland Hospital for treatment. None have life-threatening injuries, Auburn Hills police say.

The incident was contained to the parking lot and police have sought help in the investigation from the Major Case Assistance Team (MCAT). The team is made up of police investigators from Auburn Hills, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills, Clawson, Troy, Rochester and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

Detroit Police say the department is conducting an internal investigation.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Auburn Hills Police Department at (248) 370-9444.