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July 29, 2013

Court orders forensic exam of suspect in standoff

By Robert Guttersohn
C & G Staff Writer

CLAWSON — At the request of the defense July 23, Judge Kirsten Hartig of 52-4 District Court in Troy ordered a forensic examination of a Clawson man accused of shooting twice at Clawson police officers earlier in the month.

Police say that Scott Allen Currie, 47, intended to kill police officers when he reportedly fired a .44 Magnum handgun twice as they responded to a police call Currie made.

Lawrence Kaluzny, Currie’s court-appointed attorney, said he is seeking the examination for both competency — to ensure Currie understands the charges and is able to assist his defense team — and criminal responsibility — to ensure Currie understood the difference between right and wrong when he allegedly committed the crime.

Kaluzny said if the forensic center finds at the time of the alleged actions that Currie did not realize his wrongdoing or understood it and could not stop himself, it could lead to a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.

If the center found him not competent, he’d have to undergo mental rehabilitation until authorities believed him to be ready to go to trial.

“Anytime you have someone who may have some legitimate mental issues, I think it’s worth looking at,” Kaluzny said in a phone interview. “It appeared that he may have been trying to commit suicide by wanting the officers to kill him.”

Kaluzny said he believes Currie shot his gun in the air to draw police gunfire his way.

“I think he was depressed, and I think that may have led to what was going on,” he said.

The prosecution did not argue the request for the examination.

“We think that there’s no merit for it, but we’re not opposing the request,” said Kenneth Frazee, assistant prosecutor for Oakland County, to the judge.

Hartig rescheduled Currie’s pre-exam conference for 9 a.m. Sept. 24 at 52-4 District Court to provide time for the examination to be completed, which officials say could take up to 60 days.

Currie is being charged with one count of assault with intent to murder; three counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony; one count of assault with a dangerous weapon; and assaulting, resisting and obstructing a police officer.

He is also being charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of a firearm under the influence. Police say he was intoxicated and on Valium when he allegedly called police July 13 to report that he had raped someone inside of his home along the 1400 block of Custer Avenue. His claim was later revealed to be false, but when police responded to the scene, police said he fired twice at them.

A two-hour standoff with police and the Oakland County Special Response Team ensued and ended when Currie walked out of his home unarmed and was apprehended.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Robert Guttersohn at rguttersohn@candgnews.com or at (586)218-5006.