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Sources: Friendly fire may have hit at least 1 officer in Detroit shootout

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The shootout that left two Detroit police officers wounded may not have happened as we first thought.  Several sources now say at least one of the officers may have been hit by friendly fire.

On Tuesday, a police task force was armed and ready to take down an accused killer, 23-year-old Matthew Joseph.  It all went down on the Detroit's west side, but the attempt to apprehend the murder suspect turned into a shootout that ended badly, deadly for the suspect, and tragic for one Detroit police officer, who we are sad to say is still in critical condition in a medically induced coma.  He was shot several times in the head.

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"The first thing I thought was how could this guy fire and hit both officers?" said Marty Gaynor.

He is a retired detective sergeant with the Detroit Police Department.

"I've been in about seven different shooting situations between being shot at and shot and exchanging gunfire," Gaynor explained.

We asked the former crime fighter what he thought when studying the video from the scene because he has done this kind of police work in the past.

"He had one officer behind him, one officer in front of him, it didn't make sense to me, and unfortunately now that they're coming out with a theory that it may be friendly fire, it may be possible," Gaynor said.

"You could see that the cars were staggered.  They were both going to be shooting at the same guy in the middle.  I can't see a guy shooting one officer in front of him, one officer in back of him.  This 23-year-old thug is not that well trained.  He's not coming out of the military.  This isn't TV where these guys are scripted and can shoot anything."

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