Man shot after pointing gun at Livonia officers

Christine Ferretti
The Detroit News

Livonia police shot a 23-year-old man early Sunday after authorities say he pointed a long gun at officers during a traffic stop.

The shooting happened after the department received a 911 call around 2 a.m. Sunday about a suspected drunk driver in a white Ford Explorer driving erratically, almost striking another vehicle and swerving severely in and out of traffic.

A Livonia officer located the vehicle in the area of Interstate 96 and Farmington Road and confirmed the motorist was driving erratically and may be intoxicated.

The officer stopped the SUV on Lyndon just east of Farmington and was joined by a second officer who arrived as a backup.

As the officers approached the vehicle, the driver pointed a long gun out the window. The officers responded by firing at the driver, police say. The driver received non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The driver then pulled the gun back inside the SUV and the officers retreated to cover. The man, who was alone, exited the vehicle without the gun and was taken into custody.

Police say the driver was listed in stable condition.

An investigation is ongoing. Police said additional details were expected to be released Monday.