2 in custody after undercover Michigan State Police trooper shot dead in Detroit
DETROIT – Two people are in custody after an undercover operation Michigan State Police soldier was shot during the night in Detroit, officials said.
The shooting happened around 1.30am on Tuesday (September 27) in the 14000 block of Riverview Street on the west side of town.
An undercover narcotics officer who has been with the force for 10 years was in the area when shots were fired by an unknown person. The gendarme was shot in the body.
He was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition but has since been stabled, authorities said.
Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said troopers locked down a nearby apartment and found three casings. Residents were evacuated from the complex while authorities searched for the shooter.
Troopers identified a suspect through CCTV and followed that person’s car, Shaw said. A police helicopter was also involved, he said.
A roadside check was carried out and the two people inside the car were taken into custody.
“We’re figuring out who’s actually involved and who’s not actually involved,” Shaw said.
The two people inside the car drove off immediately and without incident once a traffic stop was carried out, authorities said.
“There were quite a few patrol cars there,” Shaw said. “Visual deterrence is usually a really good way to get people to surrender.”
Shaw was asked if he thought the shooter was one of the people in custody.
“We feel pretty good about it,” he said. “We’re pretty confident the neighborhood is safer today.”
Here is the full update from Shaw:
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