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4 officers shot inside police station

A gunman opened fire inside a police station here Sunday, wounding four officers, including a commander, before he was fatally shot by police, authorities said.

The gunman walked in through the station revolving door at about 4:20 p.m. with a pistol-grip shotgun and opened fire, Sgt. Todd Eby, who was sitting at his desk in the station at the time of the shooting, told the Detroit Free Press. He said officers shot back at the gunman, killing him.

"Utter chaos and pandemonium took place," Police Chief Ralph Godbee said at a news conference. "We have a number of officers who are shaken up."

Godbee said that the gunman has been identified but that it was "too early to characterize" him during the investigation.

The chief said that along with the commander, two sergeants and an officer were wounded but that none appeared to have life-threatening wounds.

The commander, who was shot in the back, appeared to be the most seriously wounded. Godbee said that he underwent surgery Sunday evening and that his prognosis was "very good." A sergeant and an officer who each suffered graze gunshot wounds to the head were both talking and alert, Godbee said.

A female sergeant also was treated and released after her bullet-resistant vest deflected a bullet to the chest, Godbee said.

Police also did not immediately release the names of the wounded officers, saying that families had not yet been notified in all cases.

While the department was "very sobered" by the shootings, Godbee said, he was "just very relieved that it appears all of our officers are going to be OK."

The one-story brick building is located along the main street in what is a predominantly business district on the city's northwest side. After the shooting, city and State Police patrol cars converged on the scene, and an ambulance was seen taking away at least one victim.

Like other stations here, there are no metal detectors at the entrance, and visitors are permitted to come in and talk face to face with police sitting behind a large, rounded desk.

"We have to take a step back and look at security at each of our facilities.," Godbee said.

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