A Detroit trooper is in critical condition after being shot during an undercover narcotics operation early Tuesday morning, causing officials to urge residents to stay indoors, Michigan State Police said.
The unit was conducting surveillance on the city’s west side at 1:30 a.m. when “they 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.
Lt. Mike Shaw with Michigan State Police said in a briefing early Tuesday that the trooper, a 10-year veteran, was shot “multiple times,” and his family is with him in the hospital.
Police said the suspect in the shooting was still at large while warning of a possible barricaded suspect situation. Officials told residents to avoid the area and stay in their homes.
“We just want to make sure if he’s barricaded into a house, he is in that house, or if he’s actually walking in the neighborhood, we don’t want anyone to stumble across him because obviously if he’s willing to take a shot at a police officer, he’s willing to take a shot at anybody,” Shaw said.
The state police’s Emergency Support Team, which handles highly dangerous and critical incidents facing law enforcement such as barricaded situations, honed in on the apartment where the shots were believed to be fired out of a window.
Authorities were attempting to make contact with any suspects in the building, moving people out of the complex and seeking a search warrant for the apartment as of 6:30 a.m., state police said.
“We are still asking residents to stay inside, unless contacted by police, as we continue to make sure the complex is safe,” police said.
Investigators are still searching for a suspect, and no description has been released.
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