(CNN) -- A well-respected veteran Detroit, Michigan, police officer was gunned down early Monday, the first time in about five years a city officer has been killed in the line of duty, the city police chief said.
Police responded to an early Monday complaint of shots fired. They were met by someone armed with a handgun who shot at the officers when they arrived at a house, Chief Warren Evans told reporters.
The slain officer was shot several times. Four other officers and the alleged perpetrator were shot and were at a hospital, Evans said.
The four wounded officers were struck in the hands and legs. Where the suspect was shot was not disclosed.
"It's a tough time for all of us," Evans told reporters.
He didn't identify the officer, but Evans said he was a "great police officer, loved by almost everyone here."
Evans said he had been on the job around 12 years and "certainly wasn't a rookie."
The slain officer leaves a widow and a 10-year-old son, officials said. Mayor Dave Bing, who met with the widow, said he apologized to her and knows she is in pain.
"I surely hope that the citizens here who know things, that can help the police department, that we need to come together as a city to stop this madness," Bing said.
Police have secured the scene and found drugs in the house, which may have been an abandoned structure.