DETROIT (WJBK) - A Detroit Police Officer assaulted on duty.
It started with a confrontation for a minor infraction but things escalated quickly in northwest Detroit. Two very different stories are being told by police and a group of men who say they were shot at for no reason.
"We were barbecuing, having a few beers, and they came over and picked a fight with our friend," said witness Richard Boyd.
Detroit police tell us what was supposed to be a door knock to turn down the music, became a front-yard brawl Wednesday afternoon. It happened on Grandville near Seven Mile. That's where Richard Boyd says one of his friends was attacked.
"The one police officer grabbed him by the face, then he defended himself," Boyd said. "His brother jumped up, I don't know if he started to tussle with the cop or not, but his brother jumped up, they got to tussling. The one police, the one guy, the initial guy that got grabbed on the ground, they were punching him in the face."
Boyd says the men were unarmed. Police had a different story. Detroit police Sgt. Michael Woody, City of Detroit Police said in a statement:
"The officers were immediately met with hostility by a number of males and were physically assaulted. One officer sustained abrasions to the face and was treated and released at the scene. During the assault, one individual lifted his shirt revealing the handle of what appeared to be a knife. The officer drew his weapon and fired one warning shot at the ground which is contrary to our rules and regulations. Chief Craig has ordered that an internal investigation be opened in this matter."
Three men were arrested. Those left behind, stood across the scene blasting more loud music in protest.
"He could've been trying to shoot me in the foot, or he could've been trying to warn me," Boyd said. "Either way with guns, the way I look at it, I ain't got a gun. Why are you shooting my way for? And there's kids out here."
Craig says this is the second day officers were attacked while investigating minor infractions. After more investigating, he plans to address the media Thursday.