Four police shot in Detroit precinct, gunman killed


It was just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday when the gunman came into the police station and started shooting.

A female sergeant in a hallway was hit first. Commander Brian Davis raced out of his office, exchanged fire with the gunman and got shot in the back.

Then the gunman rushed the horseshoe-shaped front desk with his pistol grip shotgun. Sgt. Ray Saati and Officer David Anderson also were shot before the gunman was killed.

Godbee said police have identified the shooter, but would not release his name. Sgt. Todd Eby, who was in the building when the shooting erupted, called it “absolutely horrifying.” He was sitting at his desk in the back of the building when he heard the shots. He said the attack was unprovoked.

On Sunday night, a Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services truck was parked outside the building, along with a DPD crime scene services van.

Godbee said the precinct is an active crime scene and the public needs to use the 10th Precinct at 12000 Livernois and 12th Precinct at 1441 W. Seven Mile as alternatives.

Security at the precincts will be reviewed, Godbee said.

The precinct has access via a revolving door and two traditional glass doors. There is no bulletproof glass or metal detectors, according to an employee in the building. Retired Police Sgt. David Malhalab said he hadn’t been in the building in a couple of years, but said the front desk “was always a concern, from Day 1.”

He said officers sit below the high desk and can’t see if someone has something in their hands when they come in.

Security changes are being looked at, and changes may be made in how members of the public are screened before they come in, Godbee said.

“It’s possible more than likely that we will be changing a number of things relative to standard operating procedures,” Godbee said. “We owe it to our officers to take a look at security procedures at all of our facilities.”

Detroit Council President Charles Pugh said the shooting underscores the vulnerability of police officers and the urgency of improving security at precincts.

“This really makes me angry because it’s so unnecessary,” Pugh said. “It’s outrageous that officers who protect our city every day are victimized like this.”

 

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