Police officer in critical condition after being shot in line of duty; suspect in custody

Posted at 11:10 PM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-25 21:25:28-05


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We will continue to post updates as we get them.

9:45 a.m.

Three people who’ve entered the hospital have now said the 25-year-old officer shot last night in Detroit is “doing better.” That includes a city official and DPD employees.

9:33 a.m.

The Detroit Police Officers Association president has released the officer's name, asking for prayers following Wednesday night's shooting. 

The officer has been identified as 25-year-old Glenn Doss. 

9:01 a.m.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder released the following statement regarding the officer shooting: "My thoughts and prayers are with the Detroit police officer who was shot last night, his family, colleagues and the entire law enforcement community." 

4:31 a.m. 

Police say the officer didn't even make it out of his vehicle at the scene before being shot at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. We're told the suspect, who is now in custody, opened fire as soon as police arrived for a reported domestic dispute situation.

The suspect reportedly had at least nine registered firearms, and prior arrests for both assault and drugs. 

We're told the 25-year-old officer is a father of a 9-month-old baby, and that his dad also works for Detroit police. 

"It's been a trying day for the Detroit Police Department...we had an officer shot twice by the suspect...he is in critical condition. He's currently in the hospital," said DPD Deputy Police Chief Elvin Barren. 

Police were able to take the suspect into custody after firing gas into the home where he was barricaded. 

3:25 a.m.

Police at the scene provided another update.

The suspect was taken into custody around 2:30 a.m. He is 43 years old.

Police said they had been in contact with the man during the standoff. He had threatened suicide by cop, but he eventually stopped responding, police said. Police fired a chemical agent inside the home. The suspect then ran out of the home in an attempt to escape, police said. Because of a tight perimeter, officers were able to arrest the suspect when he ran out of the home.

Police said the suspect had a previous drug-related arrest but does not have any convictions on his record. He had nine guns registered to his name. At one point, he did have a Concealed Pistol License, but lost his certification, police said.

Police also said the officer who was shot is 25 years old.

3:03 a.m.

Police say the standoff is now over and the suspected gunman is now in custody.

2:50 a.m.

Detroit police held a news conference around 2 a.m. Police said the officer who was shot is a two-year veteran of the force. Police are not releasing his name at this time, but tell us he's in his 20s and his father is also a Detroit police officer. His father was off-duty at the time of the shooting.

The situation started as a possible domestic dispute, police said. According to police, the suspected gunman called police and told them he had assaulted his wife. Police said they later got another call from a woman who may be the suspect's daughter. The caller said a man had just fired shots.

When police arrived on the scene, they say the man was outside with a gun and looked as if he was about to start shooting. The man fired a shot and hit the police officer, who was sitting in the passenger seat of the squad car, police said.
That officer's partner then immediately drove to the hospital.

Police said the suspect's wife and children were able to make it out of the house.

Police said the man then barricaded himself inside the home. Officers had been in contact with the suspect, but police said the man is no longer speaking to them.

11:10 p.m.

A Detroit police officer has been wounded on the city's east side.

It's happening on McDougall, near East Grand Boulevard and Chene.

A large police presence is in the area and officers are in a standoff with a suspect barricaded in a home.

The officer is in critical condition.

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