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Sheriff: Oakland County Man Threw Knives, Attacked Deputy, Triggered Lockdown

January 15, 2019 - 6:45 pm

ORION TWP. (WWJ) - A man is being held under restraints at McLaren Oakland Hospital after allegedly throwing kitchen knives at his girlfriend, kicking a deputy and causing a lockdown.

According to Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, a 28-year-old woman reported that the suspect had tried to kill her, late Sunday night, after she'd threatened to tell police that he had stolen her car.  

When responding deputes arrived on the scene, at a home on Tipton Street in Orion Twp., Bouchard said they could hear the woman screaming from the basement.

"They noticed knives all through the house," the sheriff told WWJ Newsradio 950's Sandra McNeill. "As he would go after her he was throwing them, and they were littered throughout the house.

"They located him in a bathroom and he became violent....He was resisting, kicking, kicked over a table, kicked a deputy."

Bouchard said the 41-year-old man claimed to have taken 200 prescription pills. Toxicology tests are pending. 

"Depending on what they were, it's possible," Bouchard said. "It's probably unlikely that he took that many, but he obviously took a fair amount of pills and had been drinking and obviously doing a whole bunch of dangerous behavior, including attacking the girlfriend, strangling her, throwing knives at her."

The sheriff said the man was taken to McLaren Oakland where continued to be aggressive and uncooperative with staff, triggering a lockdown.

Deputies were assigned to guard the man, who is facing charges of domestic assault and resisting a police officer.

His name is being withheld pending an arraignment at a time not yet set. The victim refused medical treatment.