DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit police officer and a suspect have been fatally shot on the city’s west side.
Detroit police Chief James White said the officer and his partner responded about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to a call of a man firing a weapon. He said when the officers arrived, they were met by the suspect who was armed with an assault-type weapon and firing in their direction.
White said one officer was struck and his partner returned fire, fatally striking the suspect. The struck officer was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
The officer killed was not immediately identified but White said he was a five-year veteran with the department and “comes from a long history of law enforcement officers.” He said the officer’s father is a retired police officer.
“Just a tragic event, we lost a hero today,” the chief said during a news conference. “The department and the city is grieving.”
— News 8’s Madalyn Buursma contributed to this report.