Off-duty Detroit police officer shoots suspect holding woman at gunpoint

- A man has been hospitalized after an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night on Detroit's east side. 

An off-duty officer was visiting a relative in the 5000 block of Rohns Street, which is near Gratiot and I-94, around 7:30 p.m. when he heard a man and a woman arguing. He went outside to see what all the commotion was about.

The off-duty officer saw a man holding the woman with a gun to her head. 

The off-duty officer showed the suspect his badge, according to investigators, and ordered him to drop his weapon. The suspect, Isaac Alexander, did not comply. 

Fearing for the woman's life, the officer fired his weapon at the suspect and struck him in the groin. 

"He heard the altercation. He went to see what was going on," said Cmdr. Deshaune Sims. "He identified himself as a police officer, directed the gentleman to drop his weapon - he did not. And fearing for the lady's safety, he discharged his weapon."

The suspect was taken to St. John's Hospital by the woman. The officer was not injured. 

FOX 2 spoke to the brother of the woman being held at gunpoint by this person, who had been in a seven-year relationship. He said she placed a frantic phone call to him saying she was at the hospital.

As of Thursday morning, it's not known what condition the suspect is in at the hospital. His family tells us he's expected to undergo surgery. 


Stay with FOX 2 for more information as it becomes available.

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