DETROIT (AP) — Undercover officers targeting illegal street racing have wounded a man who fired a shot at them on the city’s eastside.
The shooting occurred late Friday night after the man’s vehicle nearly struck the officers’ unmarked vehicle.
The officers followed the vehicle, but before a marked police car arrived to assist, the vehicle stopped and the man exited with a gun, Detroit police said Saturday.
The officers identified themselves as police and told the man to drop the weapon. He shot at them and they returned fire, according to the police department.
He was treated at a hospital and later taken to a police detention center. No officers were wounded.
State police are investigating the shooting and the officers involved have been placed on administrative duty.
At the time of the shooting, they were assigned to the Violent Crime Reduction Initiative. Interim police chief James White said earlier this month that the department would continue its crackdown on street racing and drifting on city streets and freeways.
In April, two people were killed after the SUV they were in struck a Detroit building during an illegal drag race.