One week in March
Images made from Wednesday, March 8 to March 15. Presented in chronological order of events.
It was a really busy week in Detroit.
Two large weather events impacted the area over these seven days. On Wednesday, March 8 high winds caused 600,000 to lose power leaving widespread damage across the state in the “second largest weather event” in the history of Detroit-based DTE Energy. Then winter returned with storm Stella, bringing around 4 inches of snow and slick roads.
An arson fire was made devastatingly worse by high winds, hindering firefighting efforts. Five people were killed in the fire in an east side apartment. Another fire hit closer to home, as flames shot out of a fully involved house in transition of being restored, damaging the two 100-year-old homes on either side in the historic neighborhood of Woodbridge. The house was a total loss, no one was injured.
Along with these spot news events, it was playoffs week for high school basketball, the top high school female basketball athlete was honored, Ariana Grande and The Flaming Lips came to town to perform, Corktown celebrated at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and President Trump made his first visit to Michigan since December flying into DTW.
Wednesday evening, March 15 two police officers were shot while investigating a man walking in a southwest Detroit neighborhood. The officers were part of a Special Operations Team working on an increase in nonfatal shootings believed to be spurred by narcotics activity, while also continuing the investigation into the killing of Wayne State Police Officer Collin Rose, who was shot in the head by a suspect on a bicycle Nov. 22 just eight blocks.
Police arrested the shooting suspect, who had suffered a gun shot wound in the earlier incident with police, just after 11 p.m. nearby. Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday the two officers are in stable condition.