DETROIT (WJBK) - Detroit Police spent Wednesday searching for a convicted killer who fired at police officers with an AK-47. In the end, however, he turned himself in to police.
Police said 40-year-old Deangelo Davis fired nearly a dozen shots at three officers on Tuesday night near Kendall and Whitcomb on the city's west side. The man is out on parole after being convicted of murder in Minnesota.
Not even 24 hours later, Davis was arrested after turning himself in.
"You don't get to shoot at police officers. You do so, and know we will find you. We will get you and we will arrest you," Captain Jaimes Craig said. "We could've had injured or dead officers. We're talking about an individual armed with an assault weapon."
Police said they were called to the area to investigate an altercation at a dice game. While they were there, they heard the gunshots.
"When the police officers heard the shots fired, they were involved in another investigation, they ran to and proceded to go into the direction of where the shots were fired," Craig said.
When they arrived, they spotted a man they suspect was Davis and say he was holding an AK-47 and then kept shooting.
"As they were seated in their vehicles - a suspect fired ten shots from a high-powered rifle," Craig said.
Three bullets hit the patrol car as officers tried to get out and started firing back. By then, Davis was already running off, with police and K9 unites in tow.
Police traced him to a home on Sussex - just a few blocks away - and surrounded it for hours. Finally, they made their way inside only to find out their suspect was gone.
"We determined that suspect was not there and continued our follow-up work," Craig said.
Police then released photos of Davis to the media, who they called armed and dangerous. Wednesday morning, he turned up at police headquarters to turn himself in after tips from the public.
Craig says he believes Davis didn't seem to care he was shooting at police.
Nobody was hurt in the shooting and charges are expected to be filed against Davis soon.
"We are extremely fortunate that the officers were not hit by gunfire," Craig said. "What happened last night should be a reminder of the dangers our police officers face."