DETROIT — A Detroit police officer died Saturday, five days after he was shot at a gas station while chasing a crime suspect.

Sgt. Ken Steil “was a leader who believed in leading from the front. … This man is an American hero. Detroit’s finest,” Chief James Craig told reporters outside St. John Hospital.

Steil’s death was not expected. Craig and Mayor Mike Duggan had talked to him during visits to his hospital room and described him as “upbeat” and “looking forward to going home.”

Steil referred to a full recovery in a thank-you note written a few days earlier.

He was shot in the shoulder with a sawed-off shotgun while pursuing a suspect last Monday night. The suspect, Marquise Cromer, was captured and remains in jail.

Cromer, 21, was charged with shooting Steil as well as shooting and wounding his father last weekend.

“Our hearts are broken. Every Detroiter shares their pain,” the mayor said of Steil’s wife and two young sons.

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