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Detroit Police Release Video of Station Ambush

Detroit Police Release Video of Station Ambush

Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix

January 29, 2011

DETROIT – He appears calm as he walks into the police station, as if he belongs there.

He steps past vending machines, to the far side of the horseshoe-shaped front desk from the door. Lamar D. Moore is just out of the frame when he fires his first shotgun blast. Officers hit the floor and smoke curls into view.

The graphic surveillance video of Moore’s ambush on the Detroit Police Department’s Northwestern District station Sunday was released Friday, bringing into the public’s view the attack that left four officers injured and Moore dead.

It’s a video that shows a sudden, gruesome attack on police by a gunman implicated in an alleged sex crime and kidnapping. It also shows the heroics of Cmdr. Brian Davis, who engaged Moore in a point-blank shoot-off.

All four officers are recovering from their injuries.

“There were tremendous acts of heroism that rarely individuals get a chance to see,” Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. said in a video message. “Detroit police officers in action.” Rampage caught on video

It’s a normal Sunday at the Detroit Police Department’s Northwestern District station.

Cmdr. Brian Davis has come in to be briefed on a shooting.

He walks past shoe shiner Modreci Draper, who was there shining shoes for officers, and stops to talk with Sgt. Ray Saati behind the front desk counter.

As Officer David Anderson is standing near Draper, talking to Officer Theodore Jackson, the shadow of a man approaching the front door stretches across the floor of the lobby.

A gunfight is brewing.

And it’s all caught on video surveillance, released Friday by the Police Department.

Lamar D. Moore, a man implicated in a sex crime and kidnapping, launches a brutal attack on officers, injuring four.

From a camera view just over the desk, Moore is seen approaching the side of the desk farthest from the front door. Anderson walks over to Draper, who told the Free Press on Thursday that when he leaned down, as can be seen in the video, he was wiping salt from Anderson’s shoe.

  • Erase_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Speedy recoveries brothers.

  • Rcmp50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Unbelievable. Outstanding survival skills.

  • Blue_line_decal_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I don't know how many shot, but the last man standing, in the white shirt, was the Commander who had come in to be briefed on something that occurred over the weekend (shooting at a club I believe) and he returned fire and shot the suspect twice, I think.

  • Me_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Please stay alert and aware and avoid complacency. stay alert , and go home safe

  • 014_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Wow... It is a wonder that there were not any Officers killed.
    My prayers go out to the injuried Officers and their families.

  • Copy_of_me_max50


    over 3 years ago


    It isn't clear from the video who or how many shot the perp. Anyone know?

  • Apache___me_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Thank God everyone is okay. Security needs addressed for sure. How did he get in? Security. Be safe out there!

  • Tigerstripe_002_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I understand it might seem like everyone may be hating on or out right attacking LEO's. I want you all to know that we the citizens do love you and appreciate the assitance and service you provide. We like peace, and being able to walk down the street in safety and if it wasn't for our protectors and enforcers we wouldn't be able to enjoy that kind of freedom. Thanks for all you stand for. Get well soon.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Obviously something wong with security there. The Departments I have known stop visitors behind a bullit proof glass. The dispatch Officer has control of entrants.

  • Metro_patch1_max50


    over 3 years ago


    As a retired Metro Nashville officer with 33 years I am suprised that the station was not secure. In Nashville we secured our precincts right around the time the Desert Storm War started. All of down here in Nashville hope and pray that the injured officers recover q

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Wow, These Officers were soooo lucky, When are these Bosses and or Mayor going to get it, With all the Officers getting shot or KILLED just this Month, come ON !! I can't understand that this station didn't have a protection. I just retired from the San Francisco Police Dept. after 31 years, I was one of the lucky ones who made it. SFPD had top learn also, we lost an Officer in the station on 11/13/1967, then another one at another station 02/16/1970, SFPD then placed Bullet Proof Glass in all the stations but at one of them they didn't add the glass at a small opening so you could talk to the public, Well on 08/29/1971, 3 males came in and placed a shotgun though the little hole and killed another Officer, Yes we had to learn, but that was in the 70's.....Since then we check our cars everytime for bombs before you drive off, LOOK around everytime you leave the station. Its time to recheck everyone training and add check vehicles and the area before driving off.....As for stations, spend the money now to upgrade, not when you have to pay for an Officer getting shot or killed.....TAKE CARE AND BE SAFE MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS

  • 20140214_120713-1_max50


    over 3 years ago


    dre2911 You are so right. I remember when I was a Cadet working finger printing. Hell that could have been me.

  • 2004_0911_006__max50


    over 3 years ago


    Ok, security for the officers, Bullet "resistant" front plastic guard from the counter to the ceiling. Next, arm everyone inside the building. Look closer, it appears that the plain clothed officer/supervisor retrieved a gun from the officer behind the desk. He used the officer’s gun to shoot back. The perp. had a shotgun, no wonder so many were hit on the first shot.
    Uniform/government building equals a target for those who wish harm on our public servants. The suspect shouldn't have even been able to go into the station without having been "buzzed-in" The office staff should be able to see who is wanting access to the station.
    Poor security designs by the Department's physical security staff.. Hope that that will change now..
    Physical barriers are cheaper than Work Comp Bills and forced retirements or the Murder of an officer.

  • Super_troopers_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Wholey s*** Batman!
    I said it before, I will say it again: as long as you are in a--any uniform, be ready for anything.
    Don't wear your uniform outside of work, use drive-thrus for breaks and be ready for an attack at the precinct too.

  • Newer_073_max50


    over 3 years ago


    wow, i grew up in that neighborhood. i also did all my ride alongs for school out of that station. just dont understand how people can be like that. just glad that no officers were killed. god bless all that were injured and i hope for a speedy recovery...

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