Detroit Evening Report, July 7, 2022: Detroit officer, alleged gunman killed in shootout

DPD Chief James White answers a question from the press in regards to the shooting of Officer Loren Courts, on Thursday, July 7, at Detroit Public Safety Headquarters.

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A Detroit officer and a 19-year-old man were fatally shot on the city’s west side on Wednesday. Detroit Police Chief James White says the officer and his partner responded to a call of a man firing a weapon Wednesday evening. He says when the officers arrived, they were met by the suspect who was armed with an assault-type weapon and firing in their direction. White says one officer was struck. Officer Loren Courts was later pronounced dead at a hospital. During a news conference Thursday, White singled out the actions of Courts’ partner. Officer Amanda Hudgens who tended to Courts’ gunshot wound, even as the suspect approached them.

“I think she just prepared to die. She braced herself to be shot in the back of the head or in the back while she administered first aid.”

Another officer shot and killed the 19-year-old gunman.

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  • Nargis Rahman
    Nargis Hakim Rahman is the Civic Reporter at 101.9 WDET. Rahman graduated from Wayne State University, where she was a part of the Journalism Institute of Media Diversity.