A pair of Detroit police officers are reportedly under investigation over dash-cam footage that appears to show them fleeing a drive-by shooting taking place right in front of them. The clip, which is part of the news package above, shows a man pull out a gun and start firing on another person while leaning out of the backseat of a blue car. Almost immediately after, the car recording the crime-in-progress speeds away.
Click on Detroit reports that an inquiry into the incident, which happened on June 30, has been opened. The officers involved could face discipline if wrongdoing is found. Currently one has been suspended while the other is on medical leave, according to Fox 2 Detroit.
“This incident is troubling and it is unfortunate and it’s not consistent with our training,” Interim Chief James White said. “And it’s not consistent with the expectations that are set by myself and my command team.”
White added that the officers returned to tend to the victim after initially driving off. That person was struck but reportedly survived. The gunman and driver got away and, at this point, are still at large.
The investigation into the two officers was reportedly initiated after a supervisor performed a routine scan of police cameras. That supervisor ran it up the chain of command, leading to the immediate suspension of the officer behind the wheel.
“What I’m looking to understand is prior to leaving the scene and providing assistance, what did they think they were doing,” White added. “I need to know a lot of things that I don’t want to discuss right now, but it has to do with, were they secure enough to take immediate action.”
White did add his belief that the event was an aberration.
“Individualized incidents do not represent the hard work of the over 2,000 men and women of this department that they do day in, and day out,” he said.
Currently investigators are waiting for the officer on medical leave to return to wrap up the investigation and reach a final decision.