Officer may have been hit by friendly fire on Tuesday
5:08 PM, Apr 4, 2013
8:43 PM, Apr 4, 2013
(WXYZ) - One of the Detroit police officers who was shot in the head during the shoot-out on the west side on Tuesday may have been struck by friendly fire from another officer.
Sources tell 7 Action News that the investigation is looking into the possibility of friendly fire regarding the officer who remains in critical condition.
When Interim Detroit Police Chief Chester Logan was asked whether this could have happened, he responded: "I can't discuss that, I'm sorry."
That officer was in the third car used to box in the suspect on Linwood near Hooker. A sergeant, who was shot in the leg, was traveling in the car in front of the suspect's vehicle. When the perpetrator starting shooting, the sergeant returned fire. The officer, traveling behind the suspect's vehicle was shot in the head and face.
The suspect, Matthew Renard Joseph, was shot and killed during the exchange of gunfire.
The 23-year-old was on parole for armed robbery and felony firearms convictions at the time of Tuesday's incident. He served a little over five years on a 15 year maximum sentence that was part of a plea deal.
ATF is saying this is still a fluid case. The Michigan State Police is leading the investigation. Detroit Police's homicide unit and Internal Affairs are also on the case.