By GINA DAMRON AND ELISHA ANDERSON
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS
Police today identified the man they say shot four officers in the Detroit Police Department’s Northwestern District Sunday as Lamar Deshea Moore.
The 38-year-old man was shot and killed after police returned fire, Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr said.
“The perpetrator’s intent was evil,” said Godbee after watching security video of the shooting. Godbee said the officers acted heroically.
Two of the officers shot are in stable condition at Sinai-Grace Hospital including Cmdr. Brian Davis and Officer David Anderson, Godbee said at a news conference this morning.
Sgt. Carrie Schulz and Sgt. Ray Saati were treated and discharged from the hospital, he said.
“In a split second, their lives changed,” Godbee said.
Godbee said police plan to release the surveillance tape.
He said police initially believed Moore had been in the police station earlier in the day, but, after watching the surveillance video, it appears the shooting incident may have been his first time in the building.
“We can’t speculate as to motive,” Godbee said. “There’s nothing that makes sense.”
Godbee said one of Moore’s relatives is to be sentenced today on murder charges.
The Free Press has confirmed the relative is Venson Robert Hibbit, who was sentenced today in Wayne County Circuit Court in a double homicide that occurred at Detroit auto repair shop.
His sentence is 30-60 years in the homicides plus two years for a weapons charge.
According to the prosecutor’s office, Hibbit pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, one count of assault with intent to murder and felony firearm Jan. 6.
In court today, Hibbit apologized to the families of his victims. His lawyer Susan Reed said Hibbit did now know what happened with Moore, who is believed to be his brother.
‘We’ve got some heavy lifting to do’
Meanwhile, counseling will be provided for every officer in the department who wants it and special attention will be given to those in the 6th and 8th Precincts who were directly impacted.
“We’ve got some heavy lifting to do,” Godbee said. Psychological damage was done to officers all across the department, he said.
Security changes will also be made, but the chief wouldn’t talk about specifics saying it would defeat the purposes of having the changes in place. He did say some things will be visible while others will not.
Illitch Holdings offered police 12 hand held metal detectors, which the department intends to use, Godbee said
At the time of the shooting, the station had access via a revolving door and two traditional glass doors. There was no bulletproof glass or metal detectors, according to an employee in the building.
Retired Police Sgt. David Malhalab said he hadn’t been in the building in a couple of years, but said the front desk “was always a concern, from Day 1.”
He said officers sit below the high desk and can’t see if someone has something in his or her hands when they come in
“The society we live in dictates that we have to take a different level and a different look at how we secure our facilities,” Godbee said today.
Reached by phone this morning, Moore’s grandmother told the Free Press she has no idea why her grandson might have shot up the police district.
Come back to freep.com for more updates. Staff writer Joe Swickard contributed to this report.