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DTE Energy, DPD seek help in finding red Ford Taurus/Sable

DETROIT - DTE Energy and the Detroit Police Department are looking for a red Ford Taurus or Mercury Sable, possibly a 2002 model, as a key to finding the person who shot a DTE Energy employee Aug. 15.

A $5,000 reward has been offered by the company and Local 223, Utility Workers Union of America, for information leading to the arrest of the person. Anyone who sees the vehicle should call Detroit police and not attempt to apprehend the driver.

The employee sustained non-life threatening injuries from a gunshot wound to his hand while sitting in his marked DTE vehicle in Detroit. The incident occurred in the area of Van Dyke and Kern streets while the employee was performing storm-related activities. He has since been released from the hospital.

The city has given the company permission to park its service vehicles in most of the lots where it has around-the-clock operations. This will allow DTE employees a safe place to park while they are waiting to be dispatched to another location or doing paperwork. Other similar havens are being identified.

Anyone with information about this crime should call 313.235.9119. Individuals can remain anonymous and be eligible for the reward.

Assaulting a utility worker is an enhanced felony in Michigan and can result in additional prison time.

For further information, members of the media may call Scott Simons, DTE Energy, 313.235.5555.