Suspect dead, officer wounded in station shooting

Associated Press Modified: November 11, 2012 at 9:31 pm •  Published: November 11, 2012
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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A man killed Sunday in a shootout at a suburban Detroit police headquarters first tried to shoot an officer behind bulletproof glass before officers exchanged gunfire with him, police said.

One police officer was wounded in the shootout in Southfield, a city of about 73,000 north of Detroit. The injured officer was in stable condition Sunday night with a single gunshot wound in the shoulder.

Police Chief Eric Hawkins said investigators were trying to figure out why the gunman carried out the attack. The 64-year-old man had no known grievance with police.

"He didn't say anything," Hawkins said at a news conference. "The officers said he had a blank stare on his face."

Investigators didn't immediately know if the man had a criminal record and were in the process of contacting his family, the chief said. The dead man's name was not immediately released, but police said he lived in Southfield.

According to Lt. Nick Loussia, the confrontation began when the man entered the lobby of police headquarters and a desk officer asked if he could help him. The man then pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the officer, who was behind protective glass. The man pulled the trigger, but the gun did not go off, Loussia said.

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