By AMBER HUNT and TAMMY STABLES BATTAGLIA
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS
2 officers still hospitalized after shootout in Detroit
A funeral for the 42-year-old Detroit officer killed Monday in a shootout is set for Saturday, police officials have announced.
Officer Brian Huff, a 12-year veteran of the department who was married with a 10-year-old son, will be laid to rest at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greater Grace Temple, 23500 W. Seven Mile Road.
That follows a Friday visitation from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at United Memorial Funeral Home, 75 Dickinson, in Mt. Clemens. A family hour is scheduled from 6-8 p.m., police said.
The 25-year-old suspect, who is hospitalized with a gunshot to his backside, could be arraigned as early as Wednesday on charges he opened fire on Huff and five other officers in the early Monday shootout on the city’s east side. Four of the officers suffered gunshot wounds that aren’t considered life-threatening, officials said.
Police spokesman John Roach said investigators are compiling the case information to forward to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in regards to Jason Gibson, who is being treated at St. John Hospital & Medical Center.
Even if prosecutors decide they need more information to charge Gibson in Huff’s death, he likely would still be arraigned on violating conditions of his probation in one case and bond in another case, Roach said.
Huff was killed after responding to a 911 call about shots fired inside a vacant duplex on Schoenherr near 8 Mile.
Four other officers were shot and wounded: Kasper Harrison, Steve Schram, John Dunlap and Joseph D’Angelo.
This morning, two of the officers remained hospitalized in good condition.
Schram is recovering from a shot to the left foot, hospital spokesman Brian Taylor said. Harrison, who was shot in the right arm and who police originally said had been released from the hospital, remained there recovering this morning as well, Taylor said.
Dunlap, who was grazed in the chin, and D’Angelo, who was shot in the thigh, were released Monday, Taylor said.
Gibson has a lengthy criminal record that includes fleeing-and-eluding convictions, as well as attempting to disarm a police officer. He had been out on bond on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He also is a parole absconder, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Huff will be honored during a police memorial service Friday. The already-scheduled event begins at 8 a.m. with a processional from Campus Martius to Old St. Mary’s Church at 646 Monroe St. The service is to begin at 9 a.m., followed by a breakfast at the International Banquet Center, 400 Monroe St.
Wrapped into the morning are the 11th Annual Detroit Police Interfaith Candlelight Vigil Service and the 37th Annual Detroit Police Interfaith Memorial Service. The events are hosted by the department’s Chaplain Corps, members of which have been offering counseling and emotional support to officers and their families.
Police Sgt. Eren Stephens said the planned event is being revised to recognize Huff and his wounded colleagues.