DETROIT (WDIV) - Detroit police officer shot city's east side A Detroit police officer was shot Wednesday afternoon on the city's east side.
The officer was shot in his back after pursuing a suspect who also was shot at East Grand Boulevard and Mack Avenue, near Swanson Funeral Home.
The officer's condition is not known. He is at Detroit Receiving Hospital. He was wearing a bullet-proof vest. When exchanging gunfire with police officers, the suspect was shot at the funeral home. Police have him in custody.
It all unfolded in front of a construction crew working on the lot at the Swanson Funeral Home. Witnesses say the suspect drew his weapon first.
"Then the suspect ran down this alley over here and we saw he just appeared around the back of the building and we are standing here, you know, waiting to see the cops chasing him," said Mike Beaton, a witness working with the construction crew. "He popped out of a doorway ... right in front of us."
The man ran back and confronted the police officers, witnesses said.
"A plain clothes officer was standing right there and we didn't know it was a cop and we saw him pull the gun, like this, and he pulled the trigger and it clicked, like there wasn't a round in it. That's when I turned my head and ran ... we just heard pop, pop, pop, gunfire," Beaton said.
A source has told Local 4 the suspect was being chased because he is wanted for a different shooting.
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