Man arrested in Hazel Park after shooting gun in domestic dispute

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published January 18, 2018

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HAZEL PARK — Parts of Hazel Park went into lockdown Jan. 15 when a man fired his gun into the air, apparently upset about a domestic dispute. Police set up a defensive perimeter and confronted him, taking him safely into custody. 

“Any type of domestic issue can be very volatile, with a lot of emotion involved, so you never know how someone is going to react in that situation,” said Hazel Park Police Chief Brian Buchholz. 

The suspect is Brian David Richardson, 29, of Roseville. He was arraigned Jan. 16 by Judge Charles Goedert in Hazel Park 43rd District Court. Richardson is charged with firearm possession by a felon, a five-year felony; felony firearm with a second offense, a five-year felony; and assault with a dangerous weapon, a four-year felony. At press time, he did not have an attorney listed, and his next court date had not been set. 

A Warren woman, 29, was driving her vehicle with her two children, ages 1 and 10, when she allegedly saw Richardson, the father of her 1-year-old, walking near Dequindre Road and Oakgrove Avenue. The two had reportedly been arguing for several days at that time. Feeling threatened, she called police around 11:45 a.m.

That’s when she says the suspect walked west and fired his weapon after seeing the woman’s vehicle approaching, around Vance Avenue and East Woodward Heights Boulevard. 

No one was injured during the exchange, but police advised nearby Hazel Park High and Hoover Elementary schools to go into lockdown. Viking Ice Arena and Hazel Park Raceway also went into lockdown while police from Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge set up a defensive perimeter.

Buchholz said that they wanted to make sure no motorists or pedestrians came near the area. It was a half-day for the schools, and students would have been walking home around that time if not for the perimeter and lockdowns. 

The police from the neighboring cities maintained the perimeter, while Hazel Park police moved in to talk with the suspect. It took them about an hour of talking before he surrendered his weapon, a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.

“We’re just very thankful that the victim and her family weren’t injured, along with any innocent bystanders, when he did fire the gun,” Buchholz said. “The officers on the scene that were in contact with the suspect did an excellent job of handling a tense, stressful situation that was made even more difficult with the very cold temperatures, which does affect the suspects and our officers also.” 

The police chief also wanted to thank everyone who patiently waited out the lockdown.

“We had many calls from parents in the schools and at the ice arena, wondering what was going on,” Buchholz said. “We want to say thanks for their patience while we dealt with the situation.”