DETROIT (WWJ) – Authorities say three people are in custody after trying to run over officers and leading a police chase that went on for almost 20 miles.
The incident began around 2:30 a.m. Thursday when police tracked down three people who were suspected of conducting a number of break-ins in the tri-county area over the past few weeks. Officers encountered the suspects near the Sweet Dreams Bakery at 13 Mile and Ryan roads in Warren.
“The suspects were confronted and the officers tried to take them into custody when the suspects entered a stolen vehicle, out of the city of Detroit, and attempted to flee,” Deputy Police Commissioner Matt Nichols told WWJ’s Charlie Langton.
As they were driving away, the suspects aimed their vehicle at police.
“They tried to run down the officers as they tried to apprehend them and multiple shots were fired,” said Nichols.
One suspect was struck in the gunfire. That person was taken into custody at the scene, but the other two suspects sped away.
A police chase ensued with the suspects getting onto I-94 at a high rate of speed, heading toward Detroit. The chase eventually ended on the freeway near Connor after the suspect vehicle crashed. The remaining two suspects were then taken into custody.
Other circumstances surrounding the crash weren’t immediately clear.
The suspect who was shot is being treated for a non-life threatening wound to the arm.
No officers were injured.
Nichols said police have been looking for these suspects for quite some time.
“It was a pretty intricate operation from what we can understand,” he said. “They’ve been doing these things throughout the tri-county area for a long time.”
Charges are pending.
The incident remains under investigation.
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