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Two in custody after a state trooper is shot in an undercover operation in Detroit

The trooper, a 10-year veteran conducting surveillance for an undercover narcotics unit, was initially hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday and later upgraded to stable.

Two people have been taken into custody after a trooper was shot overnight during an undercover narcotics operation in Detroit and hospitalized in critical condition, Michigan State Police said.

The unit was conducting surveillance on the city's west side at 1:30 a.m. when it “took fire by an unknown suspect” and the male trooper was struck, Michigan State Police’s Second District said. 

He was transported to a hospital where he was evaluated and in critical condition at 4:25 a.m. 

State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said in a briefing early Tuesday that the trooper, a 10-year veteran, was shot "multiple times" and that his family was with him in the hospital. In an update around 10 a.m., officials said the trooper was upgraded to stable but “still has a long way to go.”

Police locked down an apartment complex near 14000 Riverview Street with the shooter at large, warning of a possible barricaded suspect situation. Officials told residents to avoid the area and stay in their homes.

Michigan State Police released this photo after a trooper was shot in Detroit on Tuesday.
Michigan State Police released this photo after a trooper was shot in Detroit on Tuesday. Michigan State Police

The state police Emergency Support Team, which handles highly dangerous and critical incidents, such as barricade situations, homed in on the apartment where the shots were believed to have been fired out of a window.

Authorities tried to make contact with any possible suspects in the building, moved people out of the complex and sought a search warrant for the apartment at about 6:30 a.m., state police said.

In an update around 8:30 a.m., state police announced that two people had been taken into custody. Their names were not released.

Shaw said three shell casings were found in the search of the complex.

He said that the suspect was identified through video surveillance and that troopers followed the suspect’s vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. 

Two people in the vehicle were taken into custody without incident. 

“We’re in the process of determining who’s actually involved and who’s not actually involved,” Shaw said.

He said that the shooter was also involved in the narcotics investigation and that the undercover team was doing surveillance on that person when the shooting occurred. 

Asked whether he thinks the shooter is one of the people in custody, Shaw said: “We’re feeling pretty good about it.”

“Now comes the hard part, the investigative stuff, putting them behind the scene and where they were before and things like that. We feel pretty confident that the neighborhood’s safer today.”