Man in custody after 2 Detroit officers shot

Ryaymond Durham
Dash camera showing the person of interest in the shooting of two Detroit police officers, identified as Raymond Durham. (Courtesy Michigan State Police - March 15, 2017)

DETROIT (WOOD) — The person of interest in a shooting that injured two Detroit officers was taken into police custody Wednesday night, Michigan State Police say.

The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on the city’s west side, according to the area NBC affiliate.

According to WDIV, Detroit Police Department Chief James Craig said the officers were in the area where Wayne State University Sgt. Collin Rose was shot and killed in November 2016 when a man near what was described as a narcotics location caught their attention. The chief said that when they went up to the man to check his ID, he pulled a gun and opened fire.

One of the officers was shot twice in the upper torso and in the ankle; body armor stopped the shots to his torso. The second officer was shot in the neck. Both were hospitalized in critical condition, but are expected to be OK, the chief told WDIV.

City officers and Michigan State Police swarmed the area, even putting a helicopter in the air, as they looked for a person of interest. That man, identified by MSP as 59-year-old Raymond Durham, was found hiding in some weeds and was arrested just before 11 p.m.

Durham had been shot in the leg by one of the officers during the shootout and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police say they’ll closely examine the gun that Durham was carrying to see if he has any connection to Sgt. Rose’s deadly shooting.