A Detroit police officer was killed and another was injured Wednesday night after a gunman opened fire with a high-powered rifle as they responded to a home invasion, the police chief said.
The gunman was also shot and was wounded.
"Today is a tragic day for the Detroit police family," Detroit Police Chief James Craig said.
The slain officer was shot in the neck, Craig said. He was a 17-year-veteran of the police force, the department tweeted. Craig had previously said the officer had been on the force for 18 years.
Another officer who has been on the force for three years was shot once in the leg and in temporary serious condition but conscious and able to move around, Craig said. The mayor tweeted that the officer is expected to recover.
The officers have not been publicly identified.
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The violence erupted after four officers entered the home about 7:20 p.m. to clear it after "frantic" occupants told them someone who was armed was inside, Craig said.
"As they began to go downstairs, the suspect who was armed with a high-powered rifle began to open fire on the officers," the chief said. The type of weapon the suspect used was also not disclosed.
Craig said that because the slain officer was shot with "a high-powered rifle, the round traversed up through the rear of his skull, where the bullet was lodged."
An officer was able to return fire and wounded the suspect, who fled but was taken into custody and transported to a hospital, where he was in serious condition, Craig said.
Police don't believe there are any more suspects, and Craig said that it appears the shooting stemmed from a domestic situation.
"Preliminarily, I can say that he was looking for his girlfriend, he was angry," Craig said.
We regret to announce the passing of one of our officers, who was killed in the line of duty. He was a 17 veteran of the DPD who served with dedication and valor, an American hero will be missed and forever remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.