Man arrested following shooting, stabbing at apartment complex

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published June 28, 2017

 Police were at the Woodward North Apartments late in the afternoon June 25 after an altercation that involved a shooting and a stabbing.

Police were at the Woodward North Apartments late in the afternoon June 25 after an altercation that involved a shooting and a stabbing.

Photo by Victoria Mitchell

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Police said a 35-year-old Woodward North Apartments resident has been arrested for his involvement in a June 25 altercation in which he was shot in the leg and another man was stabbed.

The man’s name is not being released pending an arraignment. He is accused of stabbing a 26-year-old Lathrup Village man who police said he knew.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigation Division Lt. Keith Spencer said both men were taken to Beaumont Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Days after the incident happened, Spencer said he still wasn’t releasing full details of what transpired that day, because the investigation was continuing; however, he was able to provide a glimpse into what police believe happened.

Spencer said the department received a 911 call shortly before 2 p.m. June 25 reporting a fight involving a knife and a vehicle in the Woodward North Apartments parking lot at 3027 13 Mile Road.

“Officers arrived in moments and located a male victim who had been stabbed in the arm, and discovered another male who had been shot in the leg,” he said.

Police learned that a third man, from Detroit, allegedly did the shooting, and so a K-9 officer searched the area but was unable to find the man.

Spencer said that after the initial investigation, detectives determined that the 26-year-old Lathrup Village stabbing victim came to the apartments that afternoon with his friend from Detroit to confront the 35-year-old Royal Oak resident over an ongoing personal disagreement.

“The two subjects got into a fight after the argument escalated,” Spencer said.

Spencer said that after the fight, the Royal Oak man ran into an apartment and returned to the parking lot with several knives, and then he allegedly stabbed the Lathrup Village man.

Police said the Detroit man then shot the Royal Oak man.

“All three subjects fled the area of the altercation in separate directions after the shooting,” Spencer said.

Police said that a short time later, another fight between the stabbing victim and the shooting victim erupted in the parking lot just prior to officers arriving at the scene.

A resident of the complex, who did not want to be identified, said he watched the arrest of two men happen after police arrived in the parking lot where Sagamore Boulevard dead ends off Woodward Avenue between Walgreens and the Peking Express drive-thru.

The man said he heard arguing, but could only make out swear words. He said one man was yelling from near a dumpster at the southern end of the property, toward the opposite end of the apartment building that was the eventual site of the police investigation.

The witness said he believed that both men were angry. He said that other than some “rambunctious” activity, the complex is usually pretty quiet. He said nothing like this has happened that he could recall.

Detectives were still on the scene gathering evidence at 5 p.m. June 25.

The expansive complex was eerily quiet, with only the one resident peering outside late in the afternoon.

The entrance to 3027 was blocked off with police caution tape, and detectives could be seen in the stairwell taking photographs and talking.

Spencer said that as of June 27, the Royal Oak man was still in police custody. He said the 26-year-old Lathrup Village man was taken into custody and released “pending further investigation.”

Royal Oak detectives — with the assistance of the Troy Special Investigations Unit, a multi-jurisdictional investigative team with a Royal Oak officer assigned to it — subsequently found the 26-year-old alleged shooter in Detroit, who they learned also had been stabbed.

Spencer said the man is a concealed pistol license holder and was questioned and released “pending further investigation.”

Police said that anyone with further information about this incident should call Spencer at (248) 246-3456.

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