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A DeWitt Township, Michigan police officer was shot in the face early this morning sustaining serious but not life-threatening injuries to his jaw, tongue and neck, according to DeWitt Police Chief Larry Jerue.

The 47-year-old man from Florida who shot the officer is dead, Jerue said.

The incident began shortly after 2 a.m. when a woman living at the Looking Glass Meadows apartment complex in the 800 block of South DeWitt Road called to report a man trying to break into her apartment.

That man, Jerue said, turned out to be her estranged husband.

The suspect who left the apartment complex returned to the scene after police arrived and immediately opened fire on the officers with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun. In the ensuing gun battle, which played out in the hallway and the apartment, the DeWitt Township officer was shot in the cheek with the bullet exiting out of his neck.

The suspect was shot and killed.

The officer was in surgery this morning and is expected to recover, Jerue said.

A Michigan State Police forensic team is still on scene this morning.

"In a small agency, in a small community like this, the officers are all extended family and anytime you have a serious injury especially to this degree there is shock, there is concern," Jerue said.

"Our officers have their thoughts and prayers with the officer."

Police are not identifying the officer who was shot or the suspect who was killed.

The woman who initially called police is with family, Jerue said.

Tiana Hawver who lives in the building across the street from where the shooting happened was awakened sometime before 3 a.m. by the sound of breaking glass.

A bullet had come through her living room window. When she realized what had happened, she said she grabbed the phone, retreated to her bedroom and called 911.
 
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