DETROIT, MICH. - Detroit police are working to apprehend a barricaded gunmen on Detroit's east side who allegedly fatally shot two women and wounded three responding police officers.
At 10:27 p.m. the Detroit Police Department got a call of shots fired on the 1900 block of Lamont Street. Officers arrived at the scene seven minutes later, at which point they came under fire and one of their own suffered a non-life threatening injury, according to Assistant Chief Arnold Williams.
An off-duty Detroit Public Schools police officer, who was providing support, suffered a non-life threatening injury as well, according to Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood. Later in the night, another DPD officer suffered a non-fatal shooting as well, Police Chief James Craig later confirmed.
As of 11:30 a.m. the scene is still active.
In addition to the three officers being shot, two women — both neighbors — were fatally shot at the scene.
"We have two innocent victims who are no longer with us," Williams said at a press conference held at the scene Monday morning around 2 a.m.
According to him, one of the suspects told police that he "wouldn't go down without a fight." This suspect, Williams said, is believed to be suffering from mental illness according to his family.
"It goes back to mental illness," Williams said. "We don't know and can't explain why someone with a mental illness does what they do, and it just so happens that this person with a mental illness has weapons."
That suspect, who has no previous criminal history, is a valid CPL holder and has at least seven guns registered to him, Williams said.
For a while, it was believed that there two shooters. However, after taking into custody a neighbor who was believed to be the second suspect, this theory has been disregarded, according Craig.
Details on the incident are scant, however, initial reports indicate that the shooting began after an argument with one of the female victims. One of the female victims is believed to be related to a woman the suspect is dating.
WDIV (Channel 4) is reporting that in addition to the shooting victims, one woman is missing. Police confirmed that there may be another woman being held hostage in the house.
"Our goal is to negotiate to have the suspect come out and surrender," said Kirkwood.
Three rounds of chemical agents have been deployed on the house.
The shooting comes just over a week after the Detroit Police Department mourned the loss of Officer Glenn Doss Jr., who was shot by a barricaded gunman while responding to a domestic violence call on Jan. 24.
The suspect in that case, Decharlos O. Brooks, has been charged with eight counts of assault with intent to murder, seven counts of resisting and obstructing, one count of carrying a dangerous weapon and 17 counts of felony firearm, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Officer.
At the time, Chief James Craig blamed Doss's slaying on police work being dangerous but also society’s failure to treat many of those with mental illness.
“When are we going to realize? We need to do more,” Craig said at a press conference following that shooting.
In recent years, Craig continued, “the number of these barricaded suspects has roughly doubled ... and more often than not, these individuals are mentally ill — the jail is not the place to treat them.”
“This is not a Detroit thing," he said. "This is national. When will it end?”
This post has been updated.
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