Shots fired at undercover police officer in Flint

Published: Mar. 31, 2017 at 3:06 PM EDT
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(03/31/17) - Flint Police say an undercover officer was shot at Thursday night on the city's north side.

"We believe that the responding officers were a target. We are grateful that there were no injuries, both to civilians as well as law enforcement," said Ofc. Tyrone Booth, with Flint Police.

ABC12's cameras were the only ones rolling Thursday night as investigators searched for a gunman.

Flint Police tell us an undercover officer was going to check out a possible shooting from earlier in the day on Marja Street between Fleming Road and Dupont Street, off of Mott Avenue, in Flint. When he got there, around 9 p.m., he started hearing gunshots while still inside his vehicle.

Apparently, the man behind the trigger thought the undercover officer was the person who shot up a home on the same street earlier that day.

Police wouldn't give us an exact number of how many times they were shot at, but said more than 10 shell casing were recovered.

Officers did not return fire.

A man was arrested shortly after. It's unclear at this point what kind of charges will be issued.

"It's a part of what we know every day coming into work. It could happen, it does happen all over the country, but we understand the dangers of doing this job," Booth said.