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July 15, 2013

Man charged with felonies after allegedly firing at police

By Robert Guttersohn
C & G Staff Writer

After what police said was a nearly two-hour standoff along the 1400 block of Custer Avenue July 13, a 47-year-old city resident was charged July 15 with six felonies, including assault with intent to murder.

Lt. Scott Sarvello, a Clawson police detective, said Scott Allen Currie allegedly fired twice at Clawson police with a .44 Magnum handgun before locking himself and his girlfriend inside of their home. As the Oakland County Special Response Team prepped to enter the home, Currie walked out of his front door unarmed and lay on his front yard. He was then taken into custody, Sarvello said.

The events began when Currie allegedly called police dispatch to report a rape that had occurred inside his home and told the dispatcher that he was the suspect.

Sarvello said that as police responded to the call, Currie’s 11-year roommate — whom he described as Currie’s on-again, off-again girlfriend — grabbed the phone and told the dispatcher that no rape had occurred.

When the first officer responded, Currie stepped onto his porch and fired.

“Luckily, he missed,” Sarvello said.

As police officers from Troy, Royal Oak and the county’s Special Response Team were en route as backup, Currie allegedly fired again at Clawson police.

During the standoff, Currie’s girlfriend was able to escape.

“She was on the phone with dispatch and found a safe time where she could exit the home and run to the police,” Sarvello said.

Throughout the standoff, Currie would not answer his phone or respond to police requests, Sarvello said.

After taking the suspect into custody, police said they found two handguns and a rifle inside his home. Officers also discovered that the suspect had been drinking and taking Valium, Sarvello said.

Currie was 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 also was charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of a firearm under the influence.

He was arraigned at 52-4 District Court in Troy and is being held on $750,000 bond.

Sarvello said Currie has no prior convictions.

Summing up the incident, Sarvello said, “Our officers are pretty damn lucky.”

Currie’s alleged actions and interviews with his friends and family members will lead his court-appointed attorney, Lawrence Kaluzny, to request a forensic examination at the next hearing at 9 a.m. July 23 at 52-4 District Court in Troy. The suspect was originally to appear in court July 16, but Sarvello said that hearing was cancelled because Currie didn’t yet have an attorney on that date.

Kaluzny said he wants experts to examine his client for criminal responsibility.

“I don’t want to rush him through the system or leave any stone unturned,” Kaluzny said.

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