Detroit Police: Wayne State University officer shot

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DETROIT (AP) — An officer who works for a major university in Detroit has been shot while on duty off campus, a Wayne State University statement posted on the school’s website said Tuesday night, while armed officers continued to search the area of the shooting.

The victim was shot a few blocks southwest of the school, Officer Shanelle Williams said. The school statement said he was injured and taken to a local hospital, Detroit Receiving.

The school has more than 27,000 students and is located in the heart of Detroit.

Several dozen armed officers from the Detroit police and Michigan state police were seen in the residential area of Woodbridge near campus.

The shooting occurred at around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday and follows four recent incidents in which law enforcement officers were shot.

The shootings of police officers in Texas and Missouri on Sunday were the latest in what law enforcement officials say is an alarming spike in ambush-style attacks. A San Antonio detective was fatally shot, and a St. Louis officer was shot twice in the face but survived.

Police officers were also shot and injured during traffic stops in Sanibel, Florida, and Gladstone, Missouri, on Sunday night, but authorities have not suggested those were targeted attacks.

One-third of police officers shot to death on the job this year were purposely targeted by their assailant, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.