Detroit Police Officers Brawl During Undercover Drug Bust — Operation Gone Wrong

FOX 2 is told the rest of the special ops team from the 12th Precinct showed up, and officers began raiding a house in the 19300 block of Andover.

Police officers from two different Detroit precincts fought in an apparent turf war in an area known for drug activity.

"You've gotta have to have more communication, I guess", said the resident. "And I couldn't agree more".

"This should not have happened".

Detroit Police Department's chief has been notified, and Internal Affairs is opening an investigation into the officers involved. He says as the shot gun was pointed at them, the officers on the ground did say "police". It happened in the 11th Precinct's jurisdiction, near the border with the 12th Precinct's jurisdiction.

"Embarrassing" is how Detroit Police Chief James Craig described the situation, briefing WWJ's Jon Hewett and other reporters at a news conference Monday. Arguing, pushing and shoving followed. Officers recovered a handgun from the house. As the officers made their way to home, they confronted two people about six doors down from the intended location. The 11th Precinct officers ordered them to the ground and at one point, pointed a shotgun at the plainclothes officers. "In fact, I'd have to tell you it's probably one of the most disappointing things I've experienced in my entire four-year career", Craig said in a November 13 briefing.

"Once that brief encounter was over, the 11th Precinct officers continued on to execute the search warrant", he said.

"This is when it starts to go terribly wrong", he said.

There was also confusion inside the home, as arguments turned into a physical fight.

The incident is understood to have been captured on a body camera, with footage now part of the investigation.

Moreno declined further comment on the "altercation" and said she could not confirm that punches were drawn or that undercover officers drew their service weapons during the incident. They were put on restricted duty. He also said a supervisor from the 12th Precinct has been removed from the department's special operations unit while the matter is investigated.

"It appears that this supervisor did not have control of the situation and had a tendency to get the officers from the 12th Precinct excited to the point we have this very embarrassing situation", Craig said.

Vanessa Coleman

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