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Two Officers Shot at Detroit House

January 7, 2000

DETROIT (AP) _ A man suspected of shooting three police officers and killing a man at a house early Thursday was arrested trying to sneak out after a 45-minute standoff, police said.

One man was found dead inside the house and another was injured.

Two officers responding to the scene were shot in the face, and a third, wearing a bulletproof vest, was shot in the chest.

Police had approached the house because there were children inside, said Officer Claude Fox. When they heard yelling and screaming, the three retreated to retrieve shotguns, he said.

``They were getting their shotguns out of the trunk of their car when the suspect came from the house and opened fire, Fox said.

Police Chief Benny Napoleon said he didn’t know why the gunman began firing.

He said the officers were conscious when they were taken from the scene. A male officer who sustained shotgun wounds in the face was treated and released. A female officer, also shot in the face, was in good condition, said hospital spokeswoman Meredith Meyer. The third officer was treated and released.

The injured man found at the home, Robert Martin, 50, was in fair condition after surgery, Ms. Meyer said. He had gunshot wounds to the chest and stomach, Fox said.

Napoleon said the man believed to be the shooter was captured early Thursday as he tried to sneak out the back of the house, which was surrounded by police. No charges had been filed by Thursday night.

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