Officer shot, suspect dead in sting at Southfield hotel

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

An area police officer was injured by gunfire and a suspect fatally shot Friday night in a confrontation during an undercover operation at the Detroit Marriott Southfield, authorities said.

The incident was reported about 7:45 p.m. in a parking lot of the hotel near Northwestern Highway, Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said.

The FBI-led Southeast Michigan Crimes Against Children Task Force, which includes state troopers as well as local and county police officers, had been conducting the undercover operation “to locate individuals that might be involved in human trafficking,” Shaw said.

“They made contact with the suspect,” he said. “A struggle ensued over the suspect’s weapon. The suspect fired one shot, striking a local officer in his vest.”

Shaw said law enforcement officers there returned fire, hitting the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The officer was taken to Providence Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Shaw said.

Authorities are not releasing information about the suspect until the next of kin is notified.

No other injuries were reported and there was no danger to the public, Shaw said.

State police detectives and the FBI are investigating.

Once the probe is complete, the findings are expected to be turned over to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call the FBI Field Office at (313) 965-2323 or MSP at (734) 287-5000.

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