Monroe police officer shot while responding to alleged carjacking

Posted at 8:46 PM, May 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-25 17:12:37-04

MONROE, Mich. (WXYZ) — A Monroe police officer was shot while responding to an alleged carjacking Sunday evening.

The officer, identified as Corporal Renae Peterson, was responding to a carjacking in the area of 2nd and Winchester, according to police. The responding officers spoke with the victim, who said two men struck her over the head with a handgun and left the scene in her blue sedan. Officers then found the stolen vehicle at North Dixie Highway and Ternes Drive.

Peterson got out of the vehicle to approach the stolen vehicle, and that's when she was shot. Police say she was struck multiple times. The suspects drove the stolen vehicle eastbound down Ternes Drive. After a short chase, officers found the suspects and took them into custody.

Police say Peterson is a 16-year-veteran of the police department. She is listed in serious, but stable condition. Police say she is expected to undergo several more surgeries.

Two suspects are in custody, and a handgun was also recovered by authorities. The identities of the suspects are being withheld at this time until they are officially charged.

Within the last eight months, three other city of Monroe police officers have been shot on the job, according to Monroe police.