DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit police are investigating and officer involved shooting that does not involve one of their own.
It took place in the 18000 block of Asbury Park, which is on the west side between 7 Mile and Outer Drive.
Just after five Tuesday morning, the officer discovered someone taking the wheels off his GMC Sierra.
Bervis Griffin who lives across the street spoke to 7 Action News about what he saw and heard.
“I was in the house and I heard some gun shots and I went outside and I heard a gentleman down the streets saying to someone, ‘whose property you messing with now?'" said Griffin.
That gentleman was an off-duty River Rouge police officer and the property being messed with was his. The would-be-thief was in the process of stealing the wheels off his new pickup.
Neighbors say it’s something that seems to happen more frequently lately.
“They wait until late at night, I believe, and come by and do whatever damage they can get,“ says one neighbor.
So here's how it works, the thieves work in teams. One guy is dropped off to remove the wheels and before long his ride returns. But when the get-away driver returned this morning, he was met by a gun wielding cop.
“He said if you get out the car I'm going to shoot," Griffin says. "I couldn't make out what was going on. Later on I heard gun shots and cars took off down the street.”
As bullets began to fly, the suspect who was being detained managed to escape.
It's unclear if anyone was hit but Mr. Griffin just hopes the roving band of thieves don't return - which is possible, now that they know there's a cop on the block. Although he says he’d be happier if the bad guys were behind bars.
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