Detroit Evening Report: Detroit police officer shot in leg during gunfire exchange with suspects

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Detroit police are looking for a suspect who shot an officer in the leg early Friday morning.

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A patrol car responded to a ShotSpotter alert near Morang Ave. and Whitehall St. just after midnight and encountered three people leaving a vacant apartment building. White says one of the individuals shot at the officers, who returned fire before the trio got away.

“We are encountering violence like we haven’t seen,” White told reporters. “Extreme violence. Impulsive decision making. And they’re constantly under threat. But they show up and do this work.”

Investigators say they found a suspected marijuana growing operation inside the building.

The wounded officer is recovering at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit, but officials did not disclose their current condition.

Police describe the armed suspect as a 5-foot-8 Black man with dreadlocks who fled west.

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.