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Retired Cop Shot In Carjacking; Returns Fire

Retired Cop Shot In Carjacking; Returns Fire

Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix

June 14, 2011

DETROIT – An 81-year-old retired Detroit police officer was shot during a carjacking, but returned fire on the man who stole his 2010 silver Ford Escape, police said.

According to police, the victim — whose name has not been released — was leaving the U.S. Post Office near Chene and Gratiot when he was approached by another man around noon.

The suspect fired a shot, hitting the elderly man, who returned fire, police said.

It’s unclear whether the suspect was hit.

According to police, the victim’s vehicle was recovered at about 1:55 p.m. near E. Vernor and Chene and will be checked for fingerprints. No one has been taken into custody, police said.

Police said the victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. said at a news conference today the victim was shot in the shoulder and is in critical condition, but that his injuries are considered to be non-life threatening.

According to police, the victim began working for the department in 1952 and retired in 1978.

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