Two suspects are charged with firing airsoft guns at an Eastpointe home June 9 and then attempting to flee in their car, which flipped over after striking several nearby vehicles.

Two suspects are charged with firing airsoft guns at an Eastpointe home June 9 and then attempting to flee in their car, which flipped over after striking several nearby vehicles.

Photos provided by the Eastpointe Department of Public Safety


Alleged airsoft gun attack leads to rollover crash

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 10, 2021

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EASTPOINTE — An incident with an airsoft gun escalated into a car crash in Eastpointe that left one car flipped over and several others damaged.

The incident occurred at 1 a.m. June 9. According to the Eastpointe police, three men were traveling south on Rein Avenue in a black 2008 Audi brandishing pneumatic airsoft guns with green laser targeting pointers. Officials said the three men then opened fire with the nonlethal plastic pellet guns on a home in the 22700 block of Rein, which is east of Gratiot Avenue and just north of Nine Mile Road.

“There were two victims/witnesses on their porch minding their own business when they observed the slow moving vehicle on their street,” the Eastpointe Department of Public Safety posted on Facebook. “Seconds later, they realized that the lasers were aimed at them and then heard shots coming from the weapons. One of the victims claimed he was shot in the leg, however there was no visible injury.”

Police said that the suspects’ vehicle then fled the area, and the victims began searching the area in their own vehicle to try to find the suspects’ license plate number.

“Moments later, they observed the Audi traveling south on (Shakespeare Avenue, two streets west of Rein) as they were traveling north on the same street,” Eastpointe police said in the same Facebook post. “When the occupants observed them, they began to point what appeared to be the lasers at their windshield. The driver of the Audi then placed the vehicle into reverse and accelerated at a high rate of speed striking several parked vehicles. His reckless actions resulted in his vehicle to rollover.”

The occupants of the Audi stated that they were “playing” with the airsoft weapons when they went off, according to police. They also said there was no apparent relationship between the suspects and the victims.

Two of the three occupants of the Audi were formally charged June 9 and arraigned in the 38th District Court.  

The driver of the suspects’ vehicle was identified by police as 22-year-old Tejuan Myron Jones, of Westland. He was charged with one count of carrying a dangerous weapon — unlawful intent; one count of assault with a dangerous weapon; one count of operating a motor vehicle without security; one count of reckless use of a firearm; and one count of driving with a suspended or revoked license. His bond was set at $25,000, no 10%. 

The other occupant of the vehicle who was charged was identified by police as 22-year-old Dequan Marquese Gadson, of Detroit. He was charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. His bond was set at $15,000, no 10%.

Neither suspect had retained or been appointed an attorney before press time. Both suspects have their next court date scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 29. It will be a probable cause conference. 

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