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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.

A Detroit police sergeant was also shot in the leg.  As of this time, he is thankfully recovering at his home.

Now, new questions are surfacing surrounding the exact details of what happened moment by moment at the intersection of Linwood and Hooker.  There was a flood of gunfire, bullets were flying everywhere.

"It was just a lot of shooting," said one witness, which leaves law enforcement to investigate whose weapon shot who?  Police sources are saying friendly fire could have come into play.

"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."

The ballistics will lay out the facts in black and white.  Michigan State Police are handling that portion of this case, but no matter what is revealed, Gaynor wants everyone to reflect upon this.

"This offender was driving a 3,000 pound missile, and I feel they must have said, hey, we've got to do what we've got to do right now, otherwise he's going to run, and we're going to have the potential for (the loss of innocent lives)," he remarked.  "By taking him down when they did, they probably saved lives."

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those wounded officers and all the men and women that take the oath to serve and protect.  They do not get paid what they should, and they still put on that uniform every single day knowing and accepting that they may not make it home this same way they left or at all.

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