Detroit Police officers gather on the corner of Wyoming and Chippewa streets where one officer was fatally shot and another was wounded while responding to a home invasion on Detroit’s West Side, late Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. (Clarence Tabb Jr./Detroit News via AP)

Chief: Suspect in officer’s slaying ‘very target specific’

November 21, 2019 - 2:06 pm

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit’s police chief says a gunman who fatally shot one officer and wounded another was trying “to bait” them as they searched a home for him.

Chief James Craig said Thursday that the 28-year-old man waited at the bottom of basement stairs, fired two shots from an assault-type rifle and ran past the fallen officers. Other officers shot him in the arm outside the home. He was arrested a block away.

Craig said the gunman was “very target specific” and “knew what he planned to do.”

Officer Rasheen McLain was shot in the neck and died. Officer Phillippe Batoum-Bisse is being treated for a leg wound.

The shooting happened Wednesday evening as officers responded to a report of a man with a gun who was looking for an estranged girlfriend.

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This story has been updated to correct the spelling of the wounded officer’s first name to Phillippe instead of Philippe.

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