DETROIT (AP) – A Detroit police officer and a suspect have been fatally shot on the city’s west side.

Detroit police Chief James White said the officer and his partner responded about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to a call of a man firing a weapon.

He said when the officers arrived, they were met by the suspect who was armed with an assault-type weapon and firing in their direction.

White said one officer was struck and his partner returned fire, fatally striking the suspect. The struck officer was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

The officer killed was not immediately identified but White said he was a five-year veteran with the department and “comes from a long history of law enforcement officers.”

Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the following statement following the death of Detroit Police Department Officer Loren Courts. 

“Michigan is heartbroken by the loss of Officer Loren Courts. Officer Courts was a dedicated public servant and proud Detroiter. He loved his job and put on his uniform every day to keep his community safe. Yesterday, he made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Officer Courts was a second-generation Detroit police officer. He followed in his father’s footsteps and was a hero to all those who knew him, especially his wife and kids.  

“Our hearts go out to Officer Courts’ family, friends, and fellow officers through this difficult time. We will continue backing up law enforcement not only with our words, but with our actions. Together, we can keep them safe on the job and protect public safety.”