A Detroit soldier is in critical condition after being shot during an undercover narcotics operation early Tuesday morning, prompting authorities to urge residents to stay indoors, Michigan State Police said.
The unit was conducting surveillance on the west side of town at 1:30 a.m. when “they were caught on fire by an unknown suspect” and the soldier was struck, Michigan State Police Second District said.
He was taken to hospital where he was assessed and in critical condition at 4:25 a.m.
Police say the shooting suspect remains at large while warning of a possible barricaded suspect situation. Authorities have told residents to avoid the area and stay at home.
The State Police Emergency Support Team, which handles highly dangerous and critical incidents facing law enforcement, such as barricaded situations, focused on the apartment from which shots could have been fired.
Authorities were trying to contact all suspects in the building, get people out of the compound and seek a search warrant for the apartment beginning at 6:30 a.m., state police said.
“We are still asking residents to stay indoors unless contacted by police as we continue to ensure the complex is safe,” police said.
Investigators are still looking for a suspect and no description has been released.