DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Detroit Police Department is searching for a suspect in the carjacking of an off-duty police officer overnight and shooting at Detroit police officers later Tuesday afternoon.
The suspect is 22-year-old Kyle Joseph Cherry, according to Detroit Police Chief James Craig. He is a white male, 5-foot-6, 230 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
Police say the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Clark and W. Fort Street. According to police, the suspect got away with a black Ram pickup truck. Inside the vehicle was the officer's pistol, uniform, badge, body armor, wallet and cellphone.
According to Craig, the carjacking involved a crew of three men.
Craig said officers from the 4th precinct were patrolling the area when they saw the off-duty Harper Woods officer's vehicle and engaged in a short high-speed pursuit that ended in Melvindale. That suspect was taken into custody without incident.
According to Craig, officers from the Commercial Auto Theft unit located a second vehicle involved in the carjacking, and watched more suspects get into another vehicle, but the suspects were able to get away
Those officers then continued patrolling and found the same vehicle. One of the suspects fired shots at the officer when police tried to pull them over.
They are still on scene continuing to investigate and working to take the suspects in custody. There is a heavy police presence in southwest Detroit.