"He was an amazing dad, my best friend, and the man I married," Kristine Courts wrote of her husband Loren. "All the news articles talk about is a DPD officer. He was so much more to me and the kids. Our Batman!"
Loren Courts, who FOX 2 has confirmed is the officer that was shot and killed Wednesday night, was responding to reports of shots being fired in the area of Joy and Marlowe around 7:30 p.m. A suspect wielding a Draco assault rifle shot Loren, before his partner returned fire, striking the suspect.
The injured policeman succumbed to his injuries after being transported to Sinai Grace Hospital.
Chief James White said Loren's family's souls were crushed by the news. "This is the worst day of their life. Dad is not coming home, husband is not coming home," he said during a late night press conference.
In a social media post made early Thursday morning, his wife said she was 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."
Wayne County Executive Warren Evans also posted online his condolences to the family of Courts. "Officer Courts is a second generation police officer and was a dedicated member of the DPD for five years. He leaves to cherish his memory two children. Wayne County sends our prayers."
Courts was a 5-year veteran of the police department and came from a family with a long line of experience in law enforcement. His father was also a Detroit police officer who recently retired.