Detroit Police Probe Possible Horse Tranquilizer Exposure

Police in Detroit, Michigan, are investigating whether exposure to a drug sometimes used as a horse tranquilizer caused an officer to collapse during a routine crime scene investigation.
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Police in Detroit, Michigan, are investigating whether exposure to a drug sometimes used as a horse tranquilizer caused an officer to collapse during a routine crime scene investigation.

A Detroit Police public information office representative said officers responded to a call from a business owner concerning a man who’d been shot and stabbed on Oct. 3. Investigating officers called for assistance from a hazardous materials team after a controlled horse tranquilizer drug was allegedly found in the man’s possession, the representative said.

During the investigation, a supervising officer collapsed after coming in contact with the substance and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

“We are still trying to identify the drug,” the representative said and declined further comment

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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