Suspect Shot In Westland
Westland 2:36PM September 9 2022: An officer involved shooting occurred today at around 2:36PM. According to dispatch audio, officers were notified of a man with a gun in the area of Palmer & Venoy. Subsequent radio transmissions stated the suspect ran into the Palmer Road Baptist Church, 33740 Palmer Rd in Westland.
Officers on the scene reported the suspect was firing out the church’s windows at officers. At that time no officers had returned fire. The suspect was seen moving around the church, eventually firing out the east, west and south side windows. No officers were struck. SWAT/SRT was summoned to the location and the area was locked down by officers from Westland, Inkster ++. Adams Middle School was also locked down during the incident.
Detroit Police Officer Shot Suspect
More shots were fired on officers and according to dispatch audio, a ‘Detroit Police Officer‘ returned fire during one of those exchanges. Officers on scene reported the suspect was screaming unintelligibly inside the church. The suspect eventually told an officer on scene that he had been shot, asking to talk to one person only. It appears at this time the Detroit Police )fficer’s shots struck the suspect once. Dispatch audio from emergency medical personnel on scene suggested the suspect had been struck once in the hand and was in stable condition.
The suspect surrendered at around 3:15PM. Dispatch audio suggests the Detroit Police Department and Michigan State Police will be handling the investigating. It’s unknown what section the DPD officers on scene were attached to.
The information presented is from Dispatch Audio ONLY.
Update via Michigan State Police
Update via MSP: Preliminary investigation revealed that a MSP canine unit was assisting Detroit Police who were actively tracking a suspect wanted for R&O, CCW & felonious assault. The surveillance units tracked the suspect from Ecorse to a house in Westland. DPD officers observed the suspect exit his vehicle. attempted a takedown but the suspect fled into a church. Once inside, the suspect began firing rounds from several windows on the 2nd story down at officers. The shots struck a Westland police unit on the passenger side door as well as the windshield of a Wayne County Sheriff vehicle. Additional officers and troopers converged on the scene and observed gunfire coming from the windows in their general direction. At one point during the initial contact, a DPD officer returned fire at the suspect. It is unknown if the round struck the suspect or if he was hit by glass and debris from the round. The suspect then surrendered without further incident. No other officers, deputies or troopers fired at the suspect. The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released and is now lodged at the Wayne County Jail. No officers or members of the public were hurt. All the information provided is preliminary and subject to change as the investigation continues. MSP detectives will forward a investigators report to the prosecutor for review.
Dispatch Audio of Incident
Assist other Agency:— MSP Second District (@mspmetrodet) September 9, 2022
9/9 at 3:00 PM
Location: 33740 Palmer Westland
The Westland Police Department has requested MSP Special Investigation Section for a shooting investigation. One suspect in custody with gunshot wound. No police/public reported injuries. 1/ pic.twitter.com/h8p4bjwAYi