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Off-Duty Cop Drops Man Holding Gun to Girlfriend’s Head

DETROIT, MI — A man was shot and hospitalized by an off-duty cop who was at a home nearby when he discovered a domestic violence incident unfolding right nearby, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The officer found the man holding a gun to his girlfriend’s head, but that didn’t last long.

According to the Detroit Free Press:

A 45-year-old Detroit man, who was shot by an off-duty police officer as he pointed a gun at his girlfriend, is facing felony charges in the incident. Issac “Ikey” Alexander is charged with felonious assault, resisting and obstructing the police, felon in possession of a firearm, domestic violence and four counts of felony firearm.

The incident happened shortly after 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 in the 5700 block of Rohns. According to authorities, an off-duty police officer saw Alexander choke and slam a woman into the ground and place a handgun to her head. The officer identified himself, displayed his badge, and he instructed Alexander to put the weapon down, prosecutors said. Alexander allegedly failed to drop the weapon and the officer fired, striking him in the groin, according to authorities.

He fled the scene in a car driven by his girlfriend, according to a news release from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office. The pair got into an accident on Mack near Alter Road on the city’s east side, and police arriving on the scene recognized Alexander and arrested him.

He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

This case — possibly because it was officer-involved and possibly because in some stories, facts are just hard to glean — this story was reported differently by three different articles, two from the Detroit Free Press with directly contradictory information.

The Detroit Free Press claimed that WXYZ Detroit reported that Alexander died in the hospital according to family testimony. The only problem is there is absolutely nothing on the article from WXYZ claiming that, and as you see above, he lived to be charged. Neither group seemed to even know the guy’s name.

I can’t imagine being off work then finding one of the worst situations you’re likely to see happening right in front of you. Thank God this officer was armed and prepare to save a life.

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