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Alleged park gunman apprehended in Clinton Township

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published July 3, 2019 | Updated July 3, 2019 12:48pm

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A situation involving an allegedly armed gunman was resolved in the early morning hours of July 3.

At about 7:41 p.m. July 2, via a Nixle emergency alert, the Clinton Township Police Department reported that Clinton River Road, between Canal and 17 Mile roads, was “shut down” and that citizens should avoid the area until further notice.

At about 9:27 p.m., another Nixle alert was issued: “Man with gun in area of Budd Park reported to CTPD. Searching with helicopters and drones.”

Budd Park is located at 19000 Clinton River Road.

At about 1:45 a.m. this morning, the police issued an update on their Facebook page: “The suspect in the area of Budd Park is still at large. We are doing everything possible to bring the situation to a peaceful resolution. He should be considered armed and dangerous.”

Police told residents along Clinton River and Romeo Plank roads, as well as those along Moravian Drive near Delta Street, to avoid going outside.

Then, at about 3:30 a.m. this morning, police issued a final update telling residents that the situation had been resolved.

“The suspect is safely in custody,” the Facebook post said. “You may see officers out with flashlights conducting a secondary search.”

About 45 minutes later, a Nixle alert stated that Clinton River Road had reopened.

The suspect has not yet been identified. 

Police release statement

Around noon July 3, Clinton Township Police issued a press release stating that a “distraught person was in Budd Park with a rifle.” Officers confirmed that the suspect reportedly fired one round from the rifle, with the round hitting a vehicle in the park that was occupied by a lone man.

Police said the suspect was apprehended at about 3:10 a.m. The park was closed due to officers and detectives searching for evidence.

“The Clinton Township Police would like to thank all the additional assistance received from the Michigan State Police, Macomb County Sheriff’s (Office), U.S. Coast Guard, United States Secret Service while attempting to contain the area and locate the suspect,” the statement read.

Anyone who was at the park during the ordeal, or has any knowledge of the situation overall, is asked to call Clinton Township Police Det. Steve Rupkus at (586) 493-7849.

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