WARREN (WWJ) – A 21-year-old Warren man is behind bars after he allegedly shot at police officers responding to the scene of a domestic dispute.

Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green said police were called to a home on reports of shots fired — on Chalmers Street, near Van Dyke and 9 Mile Road — to find a woman and young child in a car parked in the driveway.

“Outside that car was a male,” Green said. “Officers got out of the car, and the male opened fire on the officers, shot at the officers several times. One officer returned fire.”

Green said the gunman escaped to an outbuilding next door, where he held police at bay; but with no shirt on, he eventually surrendered due to the cold. There were no injuries.

Green said police believe the incident stemmed from a custody dispute. An investigation is ongoing.

“We’ve recovered shell casings in the front yard,” Green said. “The officer involved in the shooting isn’t here. Obviously I’ll have an internal affairs investigation and I’ll put him on administrative leave for a couple of days.”

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts praised police for their handling of the incident.

“Our officers were quickly and safely able to contain and apprehend this shooter without any injury,” Fouts wrote on his Facebook page. “Again I’m very proud of our police for doing an excellent job. As a reminder the police also quickly apprehended a robber this past Saturday…In Warren we have the best and most professional department in the Metro area! Great job Warren Police!”

Van Dyke Public Schools locked down schools in the area as a precaution. Van Dyke was closed in both directions north of 8 Mile Road but has since reopened.

The suspect’s name was not immediately released.


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