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Four Officers Shot in Gunman's Horrifying Attack

Four Officers Shot in Gunman's Horrifying Attack

Detroit police stand outside the 6th Precinct building after a shooting. [Carlos Osorio / AP]

Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix

January 24, 2011

DETROIT – It was just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday when the gunman walked into the police station.

Sgt. Carrie Schulz was shot first. Cmdr. Brian Davis raced out of an office and exchanged fire with the gunman. Davis took a bullet in the back.

Then the gunman rushed the horseshoe-shaped front desk with his weapon drawn. Sgt. Ray Saati and Officer David Anderson were hit before police killed the 38-year-old shooter.

That’s how terror unfolded in the Detroit Police Department’s

Northwestern District, according to interviews with police sources.

All of the officers are expected to recover, according to Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr., but the incident has raised concern about security in the city’s many community police precincts and districts.

The four officers wounded Sunday were taken to Sinai-Grace Hospital, where hundreds of other officers came to support them. Mayor Dave Bing also was there, meeting with the shooting victims, spokesman Dan Lijana said.

Godbee did not release the names of those shot, but the Free Press obtained them from sources, including people who worked inside the building.

Davis underwent surgery for his wound and was in critical condition, but Godbee said his prognosis is very good.

Schulz was hit in the chest, but her bulletproof vest protected her. She was treated and released, Godbee said. On her Facebook page Sunday night, Schulz posted this partial status update: “Leave it to say bullet proof vests really do work! I am REALLY sore and have a few holes in the clothes but luckily no holes in me.”

Anderson had a graze wound on his head and was in temporary serious condition Sunday night. He was alert and talking, but will be kept in the hospital for observation, Godbee said.

Saati also had a graze on his head and was hospitalized alert and talking.

Godbee said police have identified the shooter, but would not release his name.

Sgt. Todd Eby, who was in the station when the shooting erupted, called it “absolutely horrifying.” He was sitting at his desk in the back of the building when he heard the shots. He said the attack was unprovoked.

Officers took cover and returned fire, Godbee said.

“They did all the things that we train them to do under pressure,” he said.

Sunday’s shooting was not the first time a gunman has attacked Detroit police on their own turf.

According to a Free Press story from May 1998, Marvin Terry walked into the 9th (Gratiot) Precinct with a sawed-off rifle and automatic handgun and fired at least six rounds.

Terry, 25, was hit by numerous shots from officers returning fire. He was on life support and died later that year. No officers were injured.

On Sunday night, a Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services truck was parked outside the police station, along with a DPD crime scene services van.

Security at the precincts will be reviewed, Godbee said.

The station has access via a revolving door and two traditional glass doors. There is no bulletproof glass or metal detectors, according to an employee in the building.

Retired Police Sgt. David Malhalab said he hadn’t been in the building in a couple of years, but said the front desk “was always a concern, from Day 1.”

He said officers sit below the high desk and can’t see if someone has something in his or her hands when they come in.

Security changes are being looked at, and changes may be made in how members of the public are screened before they come in, Godbee said.

“It’s possible, more than likely, that we will be changing a number of things relative to standard operating procedures,” Godbee said.

“We owe it to our officers to take a look at security procedures at all of our facilities.”

Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh said the shooting underscores the vulnerability of police officers and the urgency of improving security at precincts.

“This really makes me angry because it’s so unnecessary,” Pugh said. “It’s outrageous that officers who protect our city every day are victimized like this.”

  • Img_1155_max50


    over 4 years ago


    "Maybe he thought he was the "Terminator", but all he got was "Terminated". Remember his name? I dont know his name now, dont want to know. And tomorrow all I'll remember is that some Wack'O went to catch a bullet at a Police station. In the end, he cought it.

    God Bless and protect the wounded, watch over them with speeded recovery."


    LOL great comment man!

  • Ycso-patch_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Glad they were able to neutralize that threat, well done! ...and I pray for the expedient recovery of out injured brother's and sister.

  • Reblemac_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Just remember YOU CAN'T STOP CRAZY! You can lock the doors and put in all the bullet proof glass you want, he will just wait outside by your crusier. When you put the uniform on you go on alert. Great job by the Officers involved putting shots on target.

  • Wind_therapy-_angel_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Godspeed on a fast and full recovery for the Officers, It's sad it takes a critical incident to re-think the Security of the police station, Please fix the Security problems!!! These officers deserve to feel safe in their environment where they should be able to take their hat off and do some paperwork.
    God Bless LEO'S

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Speedy recovery for the officers, there are no places of security anymore. The rise and methods of violence has dramatically increased and seems to be getting worse.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Thank God our most recent Substation was built with security in mind. Everything from mag lock doors down to bullet proof walls and windows at the front desk.

  • Images_max160_sq90_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I remember years ago going to our neighborhood precinct. The precinct was located just a half street away from some of the worse people imaginable.

    The building was a scene right out of Barney Miller (the tv show). Every officer was sitting with their backs to the front door as if they had no care in the world. I remember being able to walk right up to officers' desks without a moment's glance.

    Even as a child, I knew that this was an invite to a bad incident. Luckily for this precinct, nothing happened to them.

    Perhaps way-back-when things were different.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    That is terrible! Our station was built with security in mind. When you first enter, the entire front wall and windows to the lobby are bullet proof to protect the dispatchers. It is bad enough when these lunatics fire on officers on the street, but there "home", insane!!!

  • Avatar_di_max50


    over 4 years ago


    LOL @ Daysend's comment!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Police officers are always a problem for those angry criminals who want to do harm. Just being one makes it difficult. I will always want them on my side when trouble like that comes knocking on my door. I am glad those officers are okay, and will continue to work to keep us safe. A little humor here to take the saddness away, (;what a way to get a day or two off from work :) I hope the changes they make will give the idea to those angry criminals that these officers are not there to serve their interest, but those of the innocent and those who care that this world is a little safer because of them.

  • Tigerstripe_002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Maybe he thought he was the "Terminator", but all he got was "Terminated". Remember his name? I dont know his name now, dont want to know. And tomorrow all I'll remember is that some Wack'O went to catch a bullet at a Police station. In the end, he cought it.

    God Bless and protect the wounded, watch over them with speeded recovery.

  • George_d


    over 4 years ago


    May GOD bless and continue to heal those officers injuried. Courage under fire is indictive of realistic training and mental prepardedness.

  • Bald-eagle-in-flight_860_max50


    over 4 years ago


    RIP to the Fallen, may justice be served swiftly. To every LEO that walks/drives a beat: thank you for what you do, without regard to your own safety. It is my fervent wish to one day enter your ranks to serve and earn a place beside you. May God, in whatever form you know Him, patrol with you.

  • Rcmp50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    What the hell is going on? Now we aren't even safe in our own police stations. Amazing that no officers were killed. Good work on taking out the suspect.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Very very sad. I am printing this article for my criminology class I think my teacher will speak a few words about this. The security needs to be updated especially in the department hq. These incidents need to be avoided and prevented.

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