Burglary suspect attempts to flee, shot by police

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published August 11, 2017

WARREN — Police from multiple jurisdictions, including Warren, were involved in an incident early Aug. 10 that saw one burglary suspect shot and a total of three in police custody.

According to a press release from the Warren Police Department, officers assigned to the department’s Special Operations Unit were working in a joint task force with their counterparts from Sterling Heights, Detroit, Troy and the Macomb County Violent Crimes Task Force, conducting surveillance of a “known crew of breaking and entering suspects.”

The suspects were reportedly observed attempting to enter Leason’s Dairy Bar & Grille, on 13 Mile Road west of Hoover, but left when they were unsuccessful. Police then reportedly followed them to the Sweet Dreams Bakery, on 13 Mile Road west of Ryan, where the suspects allegedly tried to break in through a rear door at 2:55 a.m. and were approached by police.

The driver of a stolen Jeep used by the suspects reportedly drove at arresting officers during an attempt to flee, at which point police opened fire, striking the driver in the arm. A pursuit stretched from 13 Mile and Ryan in Warren to Connor and the Interstate 94 service drive in Detroit, where the Jeep crashed. The two suspects were reportedly arrested after a brief foot pursuit and were treated at the hospital for injuries police said were not life-threatening.

During the attempted arrest at the bakery, the driver in a second “lookout” vehicle was reportedly stopped and taken into custody without incident.

The three suspects had not been identified at press time, pending the conclusion of the investigation by Warren detectives and a decision on charges by Macomb County prosecutors.

No officers or civilians were hurt during the arrest and pursuit.

Deputy Commissioner Matt Nichols, of the Warren Police Department, said the two Warren officers who discharged their weapons were placed on administrative leave per department policy, pending a review of the incident. Nichols said he anticipated that they’d be back to work soon.

Police believe the suspects are responsible for numerous break-ins at restaurants in Warren and the metro Detroit area.

The investigation remained ongoing at press time Aug. 10.