The Latest: University president: Officer shot in the head


DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of a Wayne State University officer in Detroit. (all times local):

9:40 p.m.

Wayne State University’s president says the downed campus police officer was shot in the head and was in critical condition at Detroit Receiving Hospital.

M. Roy Wilson spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday night from the hospital. He said a number of school officials were there, and that members of the officer’s family were gathered there or on their way. Officials had not identified the officer.

Wilson said the officer was a five-year veteran of the university police and was working in a canine unit. He said the campus area had experienced a string of car break-ins the past several weeks and arrests had been made.

Wilson said the officer had called for backup. Arriving officers found him on the ground and took him to the hospital.

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9:15 p.m.

A man who lives near the spot where a Wayne State University police officer was shot says he woke up to the sound of hollering and heard three shots being fired.

Jacob Bolton tells The Associated Press he first thought he was dreaming but then heard the shots and “it was boom, boom, boom.” The 20-year-old says he lives within two blocks of where the shooting occurred and when he stepped outside police officers were already on the scene carrying rifles.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig says the officer is in “critical” condition after the shooting Tuesday night near the campus of Wayne State University. The five-year veteran of the department was on duty at the time of the shooting investigating possible thefts from cars.

The chief said a “massive manhunt” with local, state and federal authorities was underway.

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8:37 p.m.

Detroit’s police chief says a university police officer is in “critical” condition after being shot while on duty near the campus of Wayne State University.

James Craig told reporters in the area on Tuesday night that the five-year police veteran was shot once and was in surgery.

He says the officer was on patrol when he radioed in and said he was investigating possible thefts from cars. The officer said he was going to speak to someone.

Officers who arrived on the scene found the officer injured on the ground.

The chief said a “massive manhunt” with local, state and federal authorities was underway.

Craig also cited four officers shot around the country over the weekend, calling it a “very dangerous” time for officers.

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8:30 p.m.

Several dozen officers are searching for a possible suspect in the shooting of a Wayne State University officer who was shot off campus while on duty.

A university statement posted on the school’s website said Tuesday night that the officer was injured and is hospitalized at a local hospital, Detroit Receiving. The statement also confirmed he was on duty at the time.

A spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department, Shanelle Williams, says the victim was shot a few blocks southwest of the school.

The school has more than 27,000 students and is located in the heart of Detroit.

The shooting occurred at around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday and follows four recent incidents in which law enforcement officers were shot in the United States.

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7:40 p.m.

A spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department said that an officer from a university in the city has been shot.

The victim of the Tuesday shooting is a Wayne State University officer and was shot a few blocks southwest of the school, Officer Shanelle Williams said. She didn’t have other details.

The school has more than 27,000 students and is located in the heart of Detroit.

Several dozen armed officers from the Detroit police and Michigan state police were seen in the residential area of Woodbridge near campus.

The shooting occurred at around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday and follows four recent incidents in which law enforcement officers were shot.

The shootings of police officers in Texas and Missouri on Sunday were the latest in what law enforcement officials say is an alarming spike in ambush-style attacks. A San Antonio detective was fatally shot, and a St. Louis officer was shot twice in the face but survived.

Police officers were also shot and injured during traffic stops in Sanibel, Florida, and Gladstone, Missouri, on Sunday night, but authorities have not suggested those were targeted attacks.

One-third of police officers shot to death on the job this year were purposely targeted by their assailant, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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