Detroit Police Officer Killed After Being ‘Ambushed’ While Responding to a Gunfire Call

On Wednesday, a Detroit police officer was killed after responding to a 911 call reporting gunfire. The suspect, a 19-year-old man, was allegedly “ambushed” by other officers.

Chief James E. White of the Detroit Police Department said that four officers responded to the scene and killed Ehmani Mack Davis as he was approaching the injured officer and his partner in an apparent attempt to commit additional attacks. The motive for the shooting has not been determined by the police.

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Officer Loren Courts, 40, was shot by Davis, who opened fire from an upstairs window while Courts and his partner were still in their patrol car, according to White.

“Candidly, we were robbed. We were robbed of one of our heroes. And we should all be outraged. We should be outraged. This is unacceptable,” White said.

Detroit Police Officer Killed Gunfire Call
Detroit Police Officer Killed Gunfire Call

Courts, a veteran of five years who was the son of a former Detroit police officer, is survived by a wife and two young children. To carry on his legacy, Courts’ father “loved his city so much that he encouraged his son to join the Detroit Police Department,” White said.

The incident happened on a Wednesday evening. The call to 911 was placed at about 7:30 in the evening. After being shot, Courts drove the patrol car for about 10 minutes before he was killed.

Courts and his partner, Officer Amanda Hudgens, jumped from the moving car after being shot, but White said, “he was already hit in a major artery and was dying.”

Detroit Police Director of Professional Standards Chris Graveline stated that less than two minutes after shooting Courts, Davis came downstairs and pointed a 7.62 semi-automatic Draco pistol with a banana clip at the two officers. According to Graveline, this firearm is of a similar calibre to the AK-47 and is made to fire multiple rounds rapidly.

According to the police chief, Hudgens had to quickly decide whether to continue applying pressure to Courts’ wound or to confront the gunman after she spotted him.

“She made her choice that many people in the same circumstance would say they would make, but it’s the first time I’ve ever seen anyone make it. She braced herself to be shot in the back of the head or in the back while she administered first aid,” White said.

“He’s (Davis) advancing on her with an assault rifle (sic). She’s administering first aid … she glances back, braces herself and continues to apply direct pressure,” he added.

According to White, the threat was neutralised when officers simultaneously shot and killed Davis.

White stated that the responding officers “acted appropriately and followed their training to neutralise the threat.”

According to White, Davis bought the firearm less than two weeks ago. 

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

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