Gunman charged with two felonies after Budd Park incident

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published July 8, 2019

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Authorities have released the name of the suspect who was charged after an hourslong stalemate with Clinton Township police in the early morning of July 3.

The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office charged Brandon Pasanski, 35, with a four-year felony of assault with a dangerous weapon, as well as the two-year crime of felony firearm possession.

Pasanski was arraigned July 5 from his hospital room by a Clinton Township magistrate. Bond was given at $100,000 cash or surety, with no 10% option available.

If he posts bail, Pasanski would be required to wear a tether. No attorney information for Pasanski was available at press time.

“I applaud the collaborative efforts of the various law enforcement agencies, ensuring the arrest of the defendant, while safeguarding the residents around Budd Park,” Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith stated in a press release.

The incident began 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. July 3, the Police Department issued an update on its 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. July 3, 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.

Later, at about 11:48 a.m., 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 man.

Police said the suspect was apprehended at about 3:10 a.m. The park was closed as officers and detectives searched 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,” a statement from the Clinton Township Police Department read.

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

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