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July 12, 2013

City inspector accidentally shoots self at City Hall

By Brian Louwers
C & G Staff Writer

WARREN — A Warren electrical inspector was in stable condition at lunch hour July 12 after police said it appeared he accidentally shot himself in the lower body with a handgun while in an employee area at City Hall.

According to Warren Mayor Jim Fouts, the 62-year-old employee was in a restroom on the third-floor of City Hall, east of Van Dyke and north of 12 Mile Road, and reportedly emerged to claim he accidentally shot himself in the leg.

The man, who was not identified by Fouts, reportedly sat on the floor while police and EMS were summoned at about 10 a.m. Responding officers and paramedics began an investigation and offered medical treatment. The employee was eventually taken by ambulance to Royal Oak’s William Beaumont Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green said the man apparently had a valid license to carry a concealed weapon and that investigators were told he was a reserve deputy with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department.

Green said the bullet from the .45-caliber handgun apparently entered through the man’s hip, traveled through his leg and lodged in his knee.

“We investigate any shooting, to make sure there was no laws broken, to make sure everything was in compliance with state law and local ordinances,” Green said.

Fouts said state law has seemingly “preempted local control” with respect to concealed weapons and that it didn’t appear there was a policy in place governing firearms at Warren’s City Hall.

“He has a license. The state Legislature has preempted all action on the part of the city, unless I’m wrong,” Fouts said. “The Legislature has basically stated that anyone can carry a gun anywhere.”

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You can reach C & G Staff Writer Brian Louwers at brianlouwers@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1089.