Detroit – A sheriff's inmate shot and killed an inmate at the Wayne County jail on Friday in the middle of a "violent fight" that broke out during an ambulance ride, authorities said.

The incident occurred at 4:25 p.m. when the Michigan State Police was notified that an agent of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office was involved in the Interstate 94 ramp shooting westbound on I-75, authorities said.

State police said the deputy was in a private ambulance, transporting a 23-year-old prisoner.

The inmate had been in a local hospital under treatment for a pre-existing medical condition and was being transferred to the Division 1 prison in Detroit when "there was a violent fight inside the van," said Wayne County Deputy Secretary Daniel Pfannes. "The fight culminated with the sheriff's officer unloading his gun, striking the prisoner."

The officer suffered non-fatal injuries and the suspect died, confirmed the Atterberry parade of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities did not release the suspect's name pending family notification or details of what led to his arrest, Pfannes said Friday night.

The deputy is expected to be badigned administrative tasks such as a homicide task force composed of state and Detroit police officers investigating, he said.

The incident caused the I-94 ramp westbound to I-75 to close for several hours.

WB I-94 ramp to 75 ALL LANES, LEFT SHOULDER, RIGHT SHOULDER BLOCKED due to a police situation in progress. There is no danger to the community. Expect traffic delays during the next few hours. More information as confirmed.

– MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) November 23, 2018

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