Cop, Suspect Fatally Shot at Station

Thursday, October 12th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A detective and a drug suspect were fatally wounded during a struggle while the officer was booking him at police headquarters.

Officers said investigators were reviewing a videotape of the lockup area in an effort to figure out the sequence of events that led to the shooting Wednesday evening.

Detective Christopher Wouters had arrested a suspect on drug charges, Warren police Chief James Vohs said. Both were wounded around 6:30 p.m. after the man ``produced a gun and there was a struggle,'' he said.

Authorities did not immediately say whether the gun belonged to the detective or the suspect.

Wouters, 42, died an hour later at St. John Macomb Hospital. The suspect died later the same night, hospital spokeswoman Rebecca O'Grady said Thursday. His name wasn't released.

Vohs described Wouters, a 19-year veteran, as a good officer who was married and had two young daughters. It was the first time since 1969 that an officer has been killed in the line of duty in Warren, a large blue-collar Detroit suburb.