Michigan State Police Investigate At Least The 17th Incident of Gunfire On Freeways Since Mid-June

The suspect lead MSP troopers on a chase

WWJ News
August 01, 2020 - 11:40 am
A Michigan State Police car

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(WWJ) Michigan State Police are investigating at least the 17th incident of gunfire on the freeway since mid-June.

State Police say an MSP canine unit was sitting parked on the edge of the Lodge Service Drive and Taylor Street in Detroit when a Ford Taurus approached the service drive with its lights off around 10:35 pm Friday night.

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A passenger exited one of the vehicle’s rear doors and shot multiple times in an “unknown direction,” according to State Police.

Troopers switched on their emergency lights, prompting the suspect to get back into the Taurus, fleeing southbound on the M-10 Service Drive.

State Police tell WWJ a chase ensued, ending when the suspect became “trapped in traffic” on Bethune Street, forcing him to stop. One of the four people inside the car tried to run away, but he was arrested. The other three were also taken into custody.

Troopers found the shooting scene on Taylor Street at the Lodge Service Drive where they recovered several shell casings. An MSP canine found the gun—which the suspect admitted to throwing out the car window before the chase started, according to State Police.

There have been no reports of any victims taken to the hospital as a result of the gunfire, and Detroit Police have not received word of anyone getting shot in the area.

In the meantime, violence has become a growing concern around the city this summer. Detroit Police Chief James Craig said officers have confiscated nearly 540 illegally possessed firearms between late June and mid-July.

State Police say one of the suspects in this case was a convicted felon.