3 Arrested In Case Of Shots Fired At Detroit Police Officers

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(WWJ) Three suspects are in custody after shots were fired from a moving vehicle at police officers in Detroit 

According to Assistant Detroit Police Chief David Lavalley, more than ten gunshots were fired at police who were working a traffic stop on Telegraph Rd. near McNichols early, Tuesday morning.

They were forced to dive for cover, but no officers were injured. 

Lavalley told reporters he's not sure why it happened.

"There's not much of a logical explanation," said Lavalley, "to me or to many other people as to why someone would just indiscriminately fire at officers who were doing their job." 

The suspects were arrested close by, after they crashed in a white Kia Sorrento during a chase.

"They did engage in a short pursuit," Lavalley said. "I think the Kia at some point during the pursuit lost control, flipped over. Two of the individuals were injured at the scene, were stuck in the vehicle, they were arrested.  A third person fled on foot, and officers were able to take that individual into custody as well." 

Lavalley said police are still trying to determine if a fourth suspect was involved.  

This comes amid increased tensions and widespread anti-police protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, and just days after Jacob Blake was shot numerous times in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

"Regardless of how someone feels about what's going on in the country right now, there are peaceful ways to protest. We encourage peaceful protesting," Lavalley said. "There are avenues for people to lobby for change in policy and in government. Taking it to the street with guns is not the appropriate response." 

The names of those in custody were not immediately released, with charges pending.