Two Michigan Police Officers Shot, Suspect Wounded in Exchange of Gunfire

Michigan State Police Lt. Brian Oleksyk said the suspect was struck when officers returned fire at him during an incident at an apartment complex Tuesday.

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Michigan State Police Lt. Brian Oleksyk said the suspect was struck when officers returned fire at him during an incident at an apartment complex Tuesday.
Michigan State Police Lt. Brian Oleksyk said the suspect was struck when officers returned fire at him during an incident at an apartment complex Tuesday.
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MONROE, Michigan -- Police say the 40-year-old suspect who allegedly shot and injured two Monroe police officers Tuesday is undergoing surgery at a Toledo hospital.  Michigan State Police Lt. Brian Oleksyk said the suspect was struck when officers returned fire at him during an incident at an apartment complex in the 700 block of Washington Street.

The suspect is only being identified as a white male who is 40 years old. His name and the names of the officers hurt in the shootings have not been released. The condition of the shooting suspect is unknown at this time.

Oleksyk said officers were called to the scene after a maintenance man at the complex and the suspect got into a physical altercation. During that fight, the maintenance man noticed the suspect had a gun on his hip. When police arrived on the scene and confronted the suspect in an apartment hallway, he retreated back into his apartment.


“A short time later, there were shots fired, first by the suspect, striking two officers,” Oleksyk said.

More officers arrived and fire was returned at the suspect, before he was eventually wounded. It is unclear which officers shot the suspect according to Oleksyk. The injuries suffered by the officers are non life-threatening.

“It’s a call you never want to get,” said Monroe Police Chief Charles McCormick “Thankfully, they’re all going home. Bad things happen everywhere, unfortunately.”

Michigan State Police are continuing to investigate the shooting and are expected to release another update later today.

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