2 Monroe Police Officers Wounded In Shootout With Suspect

By WWJ Newsradio 950

MONROE (WWJ) - Two police officers were shot and wounded while responding to a call in the city of Monroe.

Officials say it happened at around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, at the Washington Arms Apartments, in the 700 block of Washington Street, south of downtown Monroe. 

According to Michigan State Police, which is handling the ongoing investigation, the 40-year-old suspect had gotten into a physical fight with a maintenance man, a gun was seen and someone at the apartments called 911. 

According to Jody Egen, City Director of Communications, the officers exchanged gunfire with the armed suspect, were both shot in the legs, and were taken to a local hospital. 

"The wounds were not expected -- or we don't anticipate from what we've heard -- that they were life-threatening at this point," Egen said. "The suspect they engaged with was shot multiple times."  One of the officers had already been released from the hospital before 1 p.m. 

The suspect was also taken to the hospital, where his condition is unknown. "I do know that his wounds were a little more serious than the police officers'," Egen said. "I'm not quite sure what that entailed; just that they were more serious wounds."

No names have been released. 

State Police Lt. Brian Oleksik said a total of four officers were on the scene, and it's unclear yet how many of them fired on the suspect. 

"What is clear is the suspect shot at the officers first, and then the officers returned fired back," he told WWJ's Jon Hewett and other reporters. 

Nearby Monroe Middle School was placed on lockdown for a short time as a precaution.