Detroit police officer injured after being shot in face with shotgun

Posted: 1:10 AM, Apr 17, 2017
Updated: 2017-04-17 18:16:21-04

11:50 a.m.:

Detroit Police Chief James Craig provided an update after two officers were injured and one was shot in a late night shooting on the city's west side Sunday.

According to police, one officer was hit in the face by two shotgun shell pellets and the other was injured by flying glass.

One officer was released from the hospital while the other officer who was shot is in critical but stable condition. Craig said both are expected to recover.

According to Craig, they expect to do surgery to remove one of the shotgun pellets from the officer's face but they don't know if the second will be taken out because the possibility of complications.

The officers were responding to a report of attempted break-ins at a home across the street, and Craig said the officers decided to check out the home across the street as well where the shooting eventually occurred.

A woman and her two sons, a 19-year-old and 14-year-old were detained by police. It is up to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy as to if the 19-year-old will be charged.

Craig said the teen who fired the shot is remorseful for what happened and just wants to make sure the officers will be okay.

According to the chief, the families of the officers also said they want to communicate their thoughts for the young man and the mother that was there.

Both officers were in full uniform, according to Craig, and were in a marked vehicle that was not put in front of the house.

Craig said there was a 911 call placed by the residents because of what they thought was an attempted break-in, and in the 911 call the person reported seeing flashlights. According to Craig, the officers did have their flashlights shining before the single shot was fired.

11 a.m.:

Two Detroit Police officers were injured in a late night shooting on the city's west side.

It happened around 11:45 p.m. at a home in the 20500 block of Lesure between Northfolk and 8 Mile.

The two officers were responding to attempted break-ins at the home when a shot was fired through a window. One officer was hit in the face, the other was hit in the arm.

Police say they were taken to Sinai Grace Hospital. 

The officer who was hit in the arm has already been released from the hospital. The other officer remains in critical condition. 

A woman and her two sons, 19 years old and 14 years old, were detained by police.

Police Chief James Craig said the 19-year-old fired the shot and may not have known who was at the door.

Family members tell 7 Action News that the teen thought there was a burglar at the door.