A Day Of Fun & Tribute For Detroit Police Involved In Precinct Shootout

DETROIT (WWJ) – Some fun Saturday for Detroit police officers.  A basketball game was played at Community High School to pay tribute to officers from the sixth and eighth precincts who were involved in a shootout with a gunman in January. 

Players from the National Police League and an area McDonalds were involved in the game.  

WWJ spoke to Police Chief Ralph Godbee, who praised the organizers: “It’s a tremendous honor to reflect on the efforts of the officers and work toward a monument, raising money for a monument, I just think the foresight to do that is tremendous,” says Chief Godbee.

Inspector Amir Smith helped his colleagues who were shot that night in January. Smith says he went right back to work but said it’s still hard to walk into the precinct where four officers were wounded.  The gunman was shot and killed. 

“I don’t consider myself a hero, I’m a hero because I went home,” says Smith.

The department is raising money for a monument at the precinct on the city’s west side.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Detroit

Best Fall Festivals In Metro DetroitFrom music to art to special events, there's a little something for everyone's delight.
Best 4th Of July Concerts In Metro DetroitStaying home this weekend? Celebrate the 4th of July by rocking out at one of these shows.

Watch & Listen