A Detroit police officer killed in the line of duty Wednesday night had connections to Livingston County.
Detroit police officer Loren Courts was fatally shot after responding to 911 calls of a shooting near Joy Road and Marlowe Street.
Police say as Courts and his partner arrived, the suspect immediately opened fire and hit Courts before his partner returned fire, killing the suspect.
Courts once worked at the Green Oak Township Costco. Nicole Lacy of Milford was his co-worker and told GIGO News that when she first met Courts back in 2006, he was a graphic artist and loved creating art.
“He was the first person at Costco that was nice to me and helped me,” said Lacy. “He use to be a cashier and his line would be long because even our members loved him. Especially the older ladies, my mother included. He was kind to everyone and never had any problems with anyone.”
Lacy said Courts was the kind of person that on his last day when he punched out for the last time, everyone from the office and everyone on the floor stopped working and started clapping as he walked out.
“We were all so proud and sad at the same time,” she said.
Courts is survived by his wife, Kristine, along with his 15-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter.
Kristine Courts posted to social media that while her husband loved his job, he was much more than a police officer.
“He was an amazing dad, my best friend and the man I married,” said Courts. “All the news articles talk about is a DPD officer. He was so much more to me and the kids. Our Batman! I’m broken, I can’t begin to imagine how we are going to live without him. My babies need him. I need him. I keep thinking I’m going to wake up from this nightmare and he’s going to come home.”
A fundraiser has been set up to assist the Courts family.