Detroit Police: Owner Of Trucking Company Linked To Demolition Of State Rep's House

Police say Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo sought bids to raze the house.

WWJ News
October 09, 2019 - 5:17 pm

photo: WWJ/Vickie Thomas

DETROIT (WWJ) -- Police believe they've solved the mystery of who tore down a Detroit lawmaker's house without her permission.

Sherman Gipson, owner of local company Gipson Brothers Trucking, told police he was responsible for the demolition of Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo's house on Detroit's west side. But Detroit Police Chief James Craig says they are still investigating what exactly happened.

Police are not sure why Gipson tore down the house, whether he was paid, or by whom.

The house, located on Minock Street near Evergreen and Lyndon, was knocked down last month, apparently without Gay-Dagnogo ever giving permission. Gay-Dagnogo didn't live in the home on Minock Street, but had reportedly planned to fix it up and make it available to a needy family by Christmas.

Police are seeking a warrant to file charges against Gipson. 

Craig said Wednesday that Gay-Dagnogo had inquired about bids to demolish the house, but had never given permission to go ahead.

"This contractor took it upon himself, we believe, to knock the house down," Craig said.

Craig said the investigation was slowed because Gay-Dagnogo did not initially reveal she had sought bids to raze the house.

Investigator Rebecca McKay said an estimate was emailed to Gay-Dagnogo on Sept. 23 and she replied to say that she received this estimate.

"This was never shared with the police department," McKay said.

Gay-Dagnogo was briefed by police on the outcome of the investigation regarding the demolition of her home on Minnock Street, but she says she’s not totally convinced. She has asked the FBI to investigate, wondering if she could possibly be a target.

“I’ve reached out to the FBI and any other law enforcement to kind of have a balanced perspective of what this is and make sure that nothing else lies beneath," she told WWJ's Vickie Thomas. 

Gay-Dagnogo says she's afraid she was possibly targeted because of politics.