Detroit police officer in critical condition after being shot in head
11:18 PM, Apr 30, 2017
5:14 PM, May 1, 2017
DETROIT (WXYZ) - 11:30 a.m.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig and Mayor Mike Duggan held a live briefing to provide an update after an officer was shot on Sunday night. The officer who was shot is in critical condition at this time after being shot in the head. A doctor also spoke on the officer's condition. The doctor says the officer's condition has deteriorated and will require another surgery.
The officer was shot in the forehead, according to doctors at Beaumont/Oakwood in Dearborn.
Police will be holding a news conference at 11 a.m. outside of Beaumont to provide an update after last night's shooting.
A friend of the suspected shooter tells Action News that he's never really seen the man lose his temper.
"He keeps to himself sometimes...works well with other people," said Edwin Arocho.
According to Craig, he did speak with the surgeon after the surgery. The alleged suspect was shot and killed after the officer was shot. They are not looking for any more suspects.
The officer was shot Sunday around 10:30 p.m. after he and his partner responded to a domestic violence call on the city's west side near Joy Rd. and Wyoming Rd.
According to Craig, the suspect opened fire on the officers as they responded. It appears that the suspect was not involved in the domestic violence call. Police are searching for the woman who made the original domestic violence call.
Craig reports that the officer was shot in the back of his head and is dealing with some swelling in the brain after surgery. It is believed that it will take a few days to see if there are signs of progress.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the officer who was shot on Sunday night is in surgery and in critical condition at Oakwood Hospital.
According to police, the officer is a 14-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department.
He and his partner, a 6-month veteran of the force, were responding to a domestic situation around 10:30 p.m. in the area of Joy Rd. and Wyoming when they began knocking on the door.
That's when a suspect, believed to be armed with a .25 caliper weapon, emerged from a location and began firing at the officers.
Both officers returned fire, shooting and killing the suspect, described as a 40-45-year-old man.
The officer who was shot suffered a single gunshot wound to the back of the head and was immediately taken to the hospital.
According to the Chief, the suspect may not be involved in the domestic situation at all. The female victim who made the original domestic violence call has no relation to the alleged suspect.
This is the second shooting of a Detroit police officer in less than a month. An officer was shot responding to a burglary two weeks ago.
According to Craig, this is the eighth officer who was shot or hurt in the line of duty in the last year.