Police officer shot outside Southfield hotel

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published January 20, 2016

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SOUTHFIELD — One suspect is dead and an officer is injured following an incident during a human trafficking sting in Southfield last week.

The incident occurred around 7:45 p.m. Jan. 15 outside the Detroit Marriott Southfield hotel, 27033 Northwestern Highway, during an undercover operation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the hotel.

According to FBI Detroit Field Office Public Affairs Specialist Jill Washburn, gunfire was exchanged between a subject and a member of local law enforcement, who is also part of the FBI-led Southeast Michigan Trafficking and Exploitation Crimes Task Force.

“They were doing an (operation) at the Southfield Marriott on Friday night, and they encountered a subject where ultimately, shots were exchanged and one of our task force officers were shot,” Washburn said. “The subject was also shot, and he is deceased.”

Washburn identified the subject as Rakeen Bentley, 24, of Kentucky.

Officials are not releasing the name of the officer or which local police department he is affiliated with, Washburn said.

“Once an officer is shot, it gets into a funky situation. At that point, he is considered a victim also. He has victim’s rights and law protection,” she said. “We wouldn’t want to (release their name) anyway. We try not to compromise their identity, so we can keep having them be effective on their task force. Once their names and faces become known, it can jeopardize their jobs and personal safety.”

The officer sustained non-life-threatening injuries. No other detials on his condition or where he is recovering could be released, Washburn said.

Washburn said she could not confirm or deny that the operation was connected to the North American International Auto Show, currently underway in Detroit.

“Human trafficking is something that goes on every day of the year — something that we are fighting every day of the year,” Washburn said.

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