Detroit — A Detroit police officer was shot Sunday night on the city’s west side, the seventh officer in the past seven months to be shot in the city.
The officer, a 14 year veteran, was in surgery in critical condition at Oakwood Hospital, police Chief James Craig said early Monday. He received a single gunshot wound to the head, he said.
Two officers were responding to a domestic violence call “with no indication of weapons involved,” Craig said outside the hospital. Both returned fire, killing the suspect, Craig said. The shooting occurred on the 10000 block of Joy Road.
Craig said it appeared the suspect, who was between the ages of 40-45, had no connection to the domestic violence situation.
“As I’ve often said, our officers go into danger … domestic violence tends to be the high risk calls they go to each and every day,” Craig said.
“very critical condition but is alive,” the Detroit Police Department posted on Twitter early Monday. Officers were responding to a domestic situation when the suspect shot the officer, the post said.
Two Detroit police officers from the 12th Precinct were shot Easter Sunday while investigating reports of a burglary.
Juwan Plummer, 19, feared the officers were about to break in and fired through the window, according to police. He was charged with intentional discharge of a firearm in a building causing serious injury, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The officers were expected to recover.
Other shootings of police officers in the city include Sgt. Kenneth Steil, who died after being shot Sept. 17 in the shoulder while chasing an alleged carjacker.
On Nov. 23, Wayne State University police K-9 Officer Collin Rose was shot while investigating a string of car break-ins and died a day later.
Detroit police officers James Kisselburg and Ben Atkinson, of the 3rd Precinct Special Operations squad, were shot patrolling the city’s west side on March 15 when a man opened fire with a .38 revolver, striking Kisselburg in the neck and Atkinson in the ankle. Atkinson was shot twice in the chest as well, but he was wearing his bulletproof vest, Chief James Craig said.
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