Police in Michigan have confirmed that two Monroe Police Department officers were shot in an early morning altercation on Tuesday.
According to a number of news outlets, the officers were responding to a call at the Washington Arms Apartments in the 700 block of Washington Street.
BREAKING: Two officers shot in Monroe, per police on scene. Officers are expected to be OK. Police will provide another update at 11:15. pic.twitter.com/3bEg30Sfmq
— Koco (@KocoMcAboy) November 19, 2019
Sources say the Monroe officers were responding to a call of a man threatening a maintenance worker.
Initial reports had said that the man was armed, and when the officers got to the scene, gun shots were fired, striking both of the officers.
BREAKING: Monroe Police confirm 2 of their officers have been shot at 725 Washington. They were responding to a call of an armed man threatening a maintenance worker. An update is expected shortly. MSP also on scene now. @wxyzdetroit pic.twitter.com/73ZYIvIkPd
— Simon Shaykhet WXYZ (@simonshaykhet) November 19, 2019
The officers have not yet been identified by authorities, but Monroe News reported that one of the injured law enforcement officers is a lieutenant with the Monroe Police Department.
Details are still thin, but police are planning to release more information as the situation develops. A press briefing is scheduled for 11:15 a.m.
Both of the injured officers were said to be in stable condition and are expected to survive their injuries.
A witness at the scene described some details of what led up to the officer-involved shooting.
BREAKING: Neighbor describes shooting on Washington St. in Monroe this morning. Two officers are recovering from being shot, but are expected to be ok. She says a maintenance worker was feeling unsafe and called police. Suspect and officers are at hospital. @wxyzdetroit pic.twitter.com/xxppPWpPFX
— Simon Shaykhet WXYZ (@simonshaykhet) November 19, 2019
Other departments jumped online to voice their concern and let the wounded cops know that they were praying for them.
Our thoughts are with the two Monroe PD officers shot this morning. Wishing them a speedy recovery https://t.co/U519RgXGK6
— Dearborn Police (@DearbornPolice) November 19, 2019
This story is still developing. Law Enforcement Today will continue to update readers as more information is released to the public.
Please keep the wounded officers in your prayers.
The last week has been difficult for the Blue Family as we mourn the loss of multiple officers that have been killed in crashes.
While everyone was focused on covering what’s happening in D.C., four officers were killed in car crashes… and there was barely any media coverage.
Last Saturday, an NYPD officer was killed in a horrific wreck that also injured two others, including a firefighter from FDNY.
There’s video footage circulating on social media showing the crash. Out of respect for the family, we will NOT be showing that footage.
Three-year NYPD veteran Garman Chen was killed in the single-car accident.
Officer Chen, who works out of the 76th Precinct in Carroll Gardens, was driving north on the busy highway near 23rd Street at about 2:30 a.m. when he lost control of his black Lexus and smashed into a barrier pole supporting a pedestrian footbridge, police said.
“I still can’t believe the news and I’m still shaking from the phone call. Rest in Peace to my brother Garman. From High School, to Cadets to Brothers in Blue,” his friend Robert Lee wrote.
The comments were made in a Facebook post.
“Whether it was hanging out in [high school], waking up mad early to go to monthly training, passing around your study guides for the academy because you were the first to go in, or both dreaming about being detectives, I knew at the end of the day you had my back and I had yours.”
Two other passengers were injured in the fiery crash — an FDNY firefighter who suffered body trauma and a woman whose right foot was severed, officials said. Both were taken to Bellevue and were listed in stable condition, police said.
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Chen’s childhood friend Steven Grant said the rookie cop was always there for him:
“No questions asked. He was the best friend anyone could ever ask for. Whenever I needed him, he was there,” he said.
He added that the pair had known each other since attending P.S. 217 elementary together.
“I went to the hospital to confirm it wasn’t him…I didn’t want it to be him. I was like no, this isn’t Garman. This isn’t happening,” Grant’s sister told The Post.
Chen was part of the Grant family, she said, spending every holiday with them.
“He was selfless… a great person all around. Always helping everyone he sees — I mean, he’s a cop, right?” she added.
Chen attended Midwood High School in Brooklyn before joining the NYPD.
In another law enforcement-related accident, Deputy Stephen Reece lost his life while on duty in Cheatham County, Tennessee. He was an 18-year law enforcement officer who had been with Cheatham County for the past 7 months.
The city of Millersville, TN police department released a statement:
“Our deepest condolences go out to the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office and the family and friends of Deputy Stephen Reece. Deputy Reece was killed today after being involved in a traffic accident while in his patrol vehicle. Deputy Reese was previously employed with the Millersville Police Department and will be greatly missed.”
Deputy and father of four Makeem Brooks died in an on-duty crash while traveling in an unmarked patrol car on U.S. Route 158 outside of Garysburg, North Carolina. Brooks was only 27-years-old, lived in Garysburg, and had served on the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department for only 6 months.
According to the sheriff’s office, a call for service came in at roughly at 11:45 p.m. that night in which a woman claimed to have heard gunshots near Garysburg. Deputy Brooks was responding to the call when he was killed en route.
In the fourth officer-involved fatal car wreck this week alone, an off-duty Missouri police officer was killed when he was involved in a three-vehicle crash in Illinois last Thursday, police said.
The off-duty St. Louis County police officer has been identified as James “Mitch” Ellis Jr., 49, who had been with the department for eight years.
Ellis, of Hecker, Illinois, which is about 40 minutes from St. Louis, Mo., was on his way home from work when the crash happened, according to Fox 2 Now in St Louis.
A Hyundai Sonata was passing a semi-truck heading northbound when it slammed into a Dodge Caravan head-on, ISP said, adding that the Hyundai then spun back into the northbound lanes and was struck by the semi-truck.
Ellis, the driver of the Dodge, and 24-year-old Ariah Claybrone, of Memphis, Tenn., the passenger in the Hyundai, were both pronounced dead after they were transported to a local hospital, according to ISP.