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BREAKING: Detroit Police Officer Killed By Active Shooter

Detroit, MI – A Detroit police officer was fatally shot while responding to a report of shots fired on Wednesday night.

The incident began at approximately 7:30 p.m. on July 6, when the Detroit Police Department’s (DPD) 2nd Precinct received a 911 call regarding a suspect “who was firing shots indiscriminately” in the area of Marlowe Street and Joy Road, DPD Chief James White told reporters later that night, according to WDIV.

Detroit Police Officer Loren Courts and his partner arrived at the scene two minutes later.

Chief White said the officers “immediately took fire from the subject, who was armed with a Draco Assault Rifle,” WDIV reported.

Officer Courts was hit by the suspect’s gunfire.

His partner returned fire, killing the gunman.

Officer Courts was rushed to Sinai-Grace Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds, WDIV reported.

“It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform our department and our community that we lost one of our heroes today,” Chief White said. “The department and the city is grieving.”

“The officers are heartbroken,” he continued. “They are constantly doing exactly what this community needs and what we want them to do, and that’s put their lives on the line and work very hard for this city and for this department day in and day out.”

The investigation into the fatal shooting remained ongoing, WDIV reported.

The suspect’s identity was not immediately released, nor was a motive.

Officer Courts, a five-year veteran of the DPD, came from a long line of law enforcement officers, according to Chief White.

His father recently retired from the department.

Officer Courts leaves behind his wife, Kristine, his nine-year-old daughter, and his 15-year-old son, WDIV reported.

“Their soul is crushed,” Chief White said, according to The Detroit News. “This is the worst day of their life. And Dad’s not coming home, husband’s not coming home. And it’s unacceptable, absolutely unacceptable.”

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the community owes “a debt of gratitude to our fallen officer” that can never be repaid, The Detroit News reported.

“He gave his life to serve his city and keep his fellow Detroiters safe,” Duggan said. “Our entire city is holding his family in our hearts tonight and will be with them every step of the way in the difficult days ahead.”

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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