Police shoot armed man inside Warren home

Suspect initially reported as suicidal, shot, but expected to recover

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published November 7, 2018

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WARREN — An investigation was underway at press time after an armed man was shot inside a home near 14 Mile and Mound roads by officers responding to an afternoon 911 call Nov. 7.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said patrol officers were sent to a home in the 5500 block of Hartlein Drive at 1:40 p.m. to investigate a “suicidal subject” armed with a gun. The officers reportedly located a man in his 40s inside the home.

“Officers responded and located the subject on the basement stairs of the residence,” Dwyer said. “The preliminary information I have is that the subject pointed a weapon at the two officers, possibly firing a shot. The officers responded with gunfire, fearing for their lives.”

Dwyer said the man was shot in the groin area and was taken to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, where he was treated for wounds described as not life-threatening. He was reportedly listed in stable condition at press time.

“He was highly intoxicated. It could have been an attempt of ‘suicide by cop,’” Dwyer said. “It’s under investigation.”

Dwyer said the shooting was “clean” but that the two officers involved were placed on administrative leave, according to department policy, while the incident is investigated.

The commissioner declined to elaborate on possible charges against the suspect at press time, pending the outcome of the investigation.