Teenage resident mistakes two officers for burglars, shooting them during response
DETROIT – A teenage resident apparently shot two Detroit police officers late Sunday believing they were burglars.
One officer was hit with shrapnel in his left arm. He is expected to be released from the hospital soon, reported clickondetroit.com. The other officer was shot in his face by a shotgun and remains in critical condition. Both officers received medical care at Sinai-Grace Hospital. Each has been with the department two years or less.
Officers responded to a call of a burglary in progress about 11:45 p.m. Sunday night. During their response in the 20000 block of Lesure Street, they received shotgun fire from within the home, according to the report.
Police said there were three different burglary calls to the home throughout the day Sunday. The caller reported someone was trying to break into the home. Inside the house was a mother, her 19-year-old son and a 14-year-old.
When Detroit police officers arrived at the home, the 19-year-old apparently did not realize they were officers and not burglars approaching the home.
The report indicates he retrieved a shotgun and fired through a window, striking the officers.
“Several calls of a burglary were made to the police department on this date,” said Chief James Craig. “In fact, three calls were made. One of the individuals in the house, who we believe to be the 19-year-old male, fearing for the safety of his family fired from inside the house, armed with a shotgun, striking both officers.”
Police interviewed all three people who were inside the home. No arrests have been made as the case continues to be investigated.
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