By Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Police say a suburban Detroit police officer chased an unarmed man on foot and fatally shot him during a struggle in a backyard in Detroit.

Detroit police Chief James Craig says the Dearborn officer recognized the 36-year-old man, who was wanted in Redford Township and also suspected in a theft earlier Wednesday in Dearborn.

He says the officer’s uniform was torn during the struggle and equipment was off his belt. Dearborn police Chief Ron Haddad declined to say much about the officer, who was taken to a hospital for his injuries.

Haddad says the shooting is “extremely tragic,” and he offered condolences to the family of the victim. The man was not immediately identified.

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