Women Dead, Detroit Cop Shot in Barricaded-Gunman Situation


A standoff that saw a gunman barricade himself inside a home in Detroit ended early Monday, Feb. 12, with four people dead and three police officers wounded.

A barricaded situation in Detroit left one police officer injured.

At about 10:30 p.m. Sunday officers responded to the 911 call about shots fired.

When officers arrived, someone opened fire.

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Smith ultimately killed his girlfriend and two of her friends who had gone to the home to help with a domestic situation, officers said. Smith shot two other officers who responded to the scene. "Once (an officer's) partner went down, he was able to grab his partner and pull him, again with that injury to his leg, pull him out of harm's way".

The "dangerous" standoff came to an end on Monday when police made entry into Smith's home through robots and found the suspect dead inside, police said, adding that they believe he took his own life.

The suspect killed two women and then fired an unknown number of shots, pinning down officers for almost an hour.

Several fires were started by the suspect through the night, possibly for warmth, Craig said. However, police discarded the theory after arresting a neighbor who they believed to be the second shooter. The off-duty DPSCD officer suffered a gunshot wound to the knee and is expected to survive. Craig said about nine of his responding officers were pinned down by gunfire for about an hour.

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He said an argument during an apparent mental breakdown sparked the fatal gunfire.

We're told the gunman is a CPL holder, with seven guns registered to him.

At the time, Craig blamed Doss' slaying on police work being risky but also society's failure to treat many of those with mental illness. They've been used in past Detroit-area barricaded-gunman standoff situationsto determine whether the suspect had committed suicide or still posed a threat.

"The suspect was heard saying prior to the instances, 'I will not be taken without a fight, '" Craig said.

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