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.