Detroit, MI – Detroit Police Department (DPD) Officer Loren Courts was murdered in the line of duty on Wednesday while responding to a report of shots fired.
The incident began at approximately 7:30 p.m. on July 6, when the DPD’s 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.
Officer 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.
He is also survived by his parents and four siblings, 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.”
Kristine Courts said she rushed to the hospital after she was notified about the shooting, but that her husband had already succumbed to his wounds when she arrived, WDIV reported.
“I saw the car, but I didn’t see any bullet holes in the car,” she told the news outlet. “So, it looks like he got out of the car and he immediately got shot in the upper right side or the upper right side of his chest. And yeah, it was just too late. They said he didn’t suffer.”
The couple had been together for 16 years.
“He’s a great dad – he called my daughter sugar foot,” Kristine Courts told WDIV. “And my son was his best buddy. He was a good husband.”
She said Officer Courts was working a voluntary double shift at the time of his murder.
“He was very, very loyal to DPD,” Kristine Courts told WDIV. “It was his passion. He tried so hard to get in and he finally did; he loved it. He loved being a police officer. But he also loved being a dad. He would tell you that was his greatest accomplishment was being a dad.”
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.”
🙏RIP to Officer Loren Courts, a 5 yr veteran who was senselessly shot and killed responding to a "shots fired" call. My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Loren Courts, his family, son and daughter, and the entire DPD family. Pray for those who have been sent to protect us.😢 pic.twitter.com/6vqthK4IbL
— Shatton (@TroitDeee) July 7, 2022
So sad. A Detroit Police officer is shot and killed in the line of duty. The alleged shooter also killed. The shooting happened on Joy and Marlowe at about 7:30 Wednesday night. @WWJ950 @FOX2News #Detroit #Police #thursdayvibes @detroitpolice pic.twitter.com/YuIAVFrrwN
— Charlie Langton (@charlielangton) July 7, 2022
DEVELOPING: @detroitpolice Chief James White is expected to talk to reporters about the officer shot in Detroit tonight. A suspect was also shot on the 14 thousand block of Joy Road. Officer is at Sinai Grace right now. Our @NewsDSpencerFox and @camillefox2news are on this. pic.twitter.com/MAmcmYyt46
— Roop Raj (@rooprajfox2) July 7, 2022
Our prayers are with our neighbors and partners, Detroit Police, who had an officer shot and killed in the line of duty tonight. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/z1IQuNE06J
— Mike Bouchard (@MikeJBouchard) July 7, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Detroit Police Department Officer Loren Courts, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Officer Loren Courts, your life mattered.