Detroit Police officer shot in head, suspect killed

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Detroit Police officer shot investigating domestic dispute

A 14-year veteran of the Detroit police force has been shot while responding to a call on the city's west side.

It happened at an apartment near Joy Road and Wyoming around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig says the officer and his partner were responding to the apartment for a report of a domestic dispute. Craig could not confirm previous reports of shots fired before officers arrived.

A press briefing is set for 11 a.m. where Craig will provide an update on the officer's condition. Watch it live at

When officers knocked on the door, they say the suspect opened fire on them, possibly using a semi-automatic weapon. The officers returned fire, striking and killing the suspect. 

The veteran officer was struck in the head by one of the suspect's bullets. He was taken to Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn where they say he is in "very critical condition." He is in a medically induced coma and has swelling of the brain. 

At this time, Chief Craig says police are not certain what the suspect's role was in the domestic call, if he even had one.

Police say the deceased suspect is a black male, possibly 40-45 years old.

The wounded officer and his partner both work out of Detroit's 2nd Precinct. His partner has been out of the academy for 6 months.

Chief James Craig says this is the 8th Detroit Police officer shot in the line of duty since September 2016.