Rapper Obie Trice Arrested For Felony Assault In Oakland County Shooting

WWJ News
December 06, 2019 - 12:21 pm
Obie Trice arrested

Obie Trice (Photo: Oakland County Sheriff's Office)

COMMERCE TWP. (WWJ) - Rapper Obie Trice has been arrested for felony aggravated assault after a shooting in Oakland County. 

Oakland County Sheriff's Office records show Trice was booked into the Oakland County Jail shortly before 5 a.m. Friday on a charge of Aggravated Felony Assault - Family - Gun, as well as contempt of court on a Personal Protection Order (PPO) violation.

According to authorities, an 18-year-old man was shot at 12:30 a.m. Friday on Woodvale, Dr., near 14 Mile Rd. and Welch, in Commerce Township.

Oakland County Sheriff's deputies responded to a home on a report from a neighbor who said he heard someone yelling that he'd been shot.

When they arrived, they found a man walking out the front down, armed with a pistol. Deputies ordered the suspect — who WWJ has since learned was Trice — to drop the weapon and lie down on the ground. He complied, was arrested without incident, and an unregistered 9mm semi-automatic Ruger was seized, officials said. 

A sheriff's office investigation found that the events unfolded after Trice and his longtime girlfriend, who live together at the home, got into a fight. It's alleged, investigators said, that the man had been drinking all day and pushed the 40-year-old woman during the argument.  

The woman's 18-year-old son intervened, officials said, confronting his mother's boyfriend, and a fight broke out. 

When the mother and son decided to leave, the boyfriend went into his bedroom, it's alleged, got a handgun and went to the garage where he found the teen about to get into the car with his mom.

Sheriff's officials said the teen saw the gun, feared he'd be shot and tried to disarm the older man. They struggled over the weapon, according to investigators, both went to the ground and the gun discharged — striking the teen in the groin area.

The mom drove her son to Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield where he was treated for a through-and-through gunshot wound to the groin area, as well as a fractured pelvis, officials said. He has since been released from the hospital. 

Back at the scene, detectives recovered an empty shell casing in the driveway. 

Sheriff's official said the suspect has a prior Assault and Battery conviction from 2002 in Farmington Hills, and a valid Friend of the Court Civil Warrant with a bond of $16,900.

The investigation in this case is ongoing. 

Trice, 42, was born in Detroit. He signed to Shady Records in 2000, and has worked with Eminem on songs for the 8 Mile soundtrack, on the D12 album Devil's Night and other projects. He left Shady in 2008 to start the independent label Black Market Entertainment. Will his fifth album was released in August of this year, he's probably still best known for his 2002 track "Rap Name," feat. Eminem and the lyric: "Obie Trice; real name, no gimmicks."