Detroit police officer killed after being ‘ambushed’ while responding to a gunfire call

Detroit Police Chief James E. White said four officers engaged and killed the shooter, Ehmani Mack Davis, as he allegedly approached the injured officer and his partner in what investigators believe was an attempt to carry out further attacks. Police have not determined the shooter’s motivation.

Officer Loren Courts, 40, and his partner had just arrived at the 911 call and were still in their patrol car when Davis opened fire from an upstairs window hitting Courts, White said.

“Frankly, we’ve been robbed. We’ve been robbed of one of our heroes. And we should all be outraged. We should be outraged. That’s unacceptable,” White said.

Courts, a five-year veteran and the son of a retired Detroit police officer, leaves behind a wife and two children. Courts’ father “loved his city so much that he encouraged his son to join the Detroit Police Department to continue his legacy,” White said.

The incident happened on Wednesday evening. The 911 call was made around 7:30 p.m. Courts, who was in the driver’s seat of the patrol car, was shot about 10 minutes later.

After being shot, Courts put the car in reverse and he and his partner, Officer Amanda Hudgens, jumped out of the car for cover, “but he was already hit in a main thoroughfare and was dying,” White said. The courts collapsed and Hudgens began to apply pressure to his injury.

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Less than two minutes after shooting Courts, Davis came down and aimed a Draco 7.62 semi-automatic pistol with a banana clip at the two officers, Detroit Police Professional Standards Director Chris Graveline said. The weapon is similar in caliber to an AK-47 and is designed to fire multiple rounds in quick succession, Graveline added.

The police chief said Hudgens saw the shooter and had to quickly decide whether she would continue to press the court injury or challenge the shooter.

“She made her choice that a lot of people in the same circumstances would say they would, but this is the first time I’ve seen anyone do it. She braced herself to be shot in the back of the neck or in the her back as she administered first aid,” White said.

“He (Davis) is advancing towards her with an assault rifle (sic). She’s administering first aid…she’s looking back, getting ready and continuing to apply direct pressure,” he added.

At the same time, officers shot and killed Davis, ending the threat, White said.

White said responding officers “did their training, acted appropriately, and stopped the threat.”

White said Davis purchased the gun within the past two weeks. Police said a warrant was submitted to the Macomb County District Attorney’s Office on June 21 against Davis for assault with intent to murder.

Courts’ wife, Kristine, posted on Facebook: “This man was so much more than a police officer. He was an amazing father, my best friend and the man I married. All articles from press talk about a DPD officer. He was so much more to me and the kids. Our Batman!”

“I’m broken, I can’t begin to imagine how we’re going to live without him. My babies need him. I need him. I keep thinking I’m going to wake up from this nightmare and… “he’s coming home…me and my babies will never be the same. I already miss his hugs, his voice, his jokes and his smile with those eyes. Rest in peace daddy, we’ll never stop t ‘love,’ she added.

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A GoFundMe has been set up for the family.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said the American and Michigan flags statewide will be lowered on the day of the court interment and on another date chosen by the family. “Michigan is heartbroken over the loss of Officer Loren Courts. Officer Courts was a dedicated public servant and a proud Detroiter. Yesterday he made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” she said. said in a statement.

The Detroit Police Department has lost nine officers in the line of duty since 2015, according to the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument Fund.

White said he needed lawmakers and the courts to “step in” because “it’s getting a little old hearing what everyone is going to do. It’s time to do it. We’re in shock, but we are resolute in our mission to protect and serve this community.”

“The reality is that it’s bigger than the Detroit problem. It’s the country problem and the relationship with law enforcement. That’s what you know, an anti-law enforcement conversation.”

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