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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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The desk officer drew his handgun and told the suspect to drop his weapon, Loussia said. Other officers came to help and again ordered the man to drop his gun, Loussia said.

Instead, the man pointed his gun at the officers, Loussia said.

"The officers then exchanged shots with the subject. The first responding officer was shot once in the shoulder, the subject was shot several times," he said.

Hawkins said the wounded officer is 50 years old and a 25-year veteran of the force.

"He is conscious, alert and in good spirits," said the chief.

Hawkins praised his officers' actions in the shooting.

"My officers performed courageously under difficult conditions," Hawkins said. "We regret the loss of life. In this situation, the use of force was unavoidable."

Mayor Brenda Lawrence said she was "very sad that one of our officers was attacked."

"We don't know the motive," she told The Detroit News. "We've never had anything happen like this before."

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