A Monroe police officer who was shot Sunday night during a carjacking investigation has been identified as Cpl. Renae Peterson, a 16-year veteran of the Monroe Police Department.
Corporal Peterson was shot multiple times in the lower torso and was transported to a Toledo area hospital, said Monroe Police Capt. J.D. Wall. Her wounds required several surgeries, and her condition is serious. She is expected to undergo several more surgeries.
Corporal Peterson was named MPD’s officer of the year in 2016, according to the department’s website.
The incident began when police responded to a report of a carjacking at Second and Winchester streets about 8 p.m. Sunday, Captain Wall said. A woman at that location told officers that two men approached her, pulled out a pistol, hit her on the head with the weapon, and took her blue sedan.
Police began searching the area, and a short time later, Corporal Peterson located the car at Dixie Highway and Ternes Drive. The suspects began shooting at her, hitting her multiple times, Captain Wall said.
The suspects then fled on foot east on Ternes Drive, the captain said.
Police officers converged on the area and located the two male suspects several hundred yards from the shooting scene. The men were arrested and the vehicle was recovered.
The suspects were not injured and were taken to the Monroe County jail. Formal charges have not yet been filed, with the case having been turned over to the Michigan State Police, Captain Wall said.