Man charged after pointing gun at firefighters who were called to help him

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published January 26, 2022

 Dennis Lee Campbell

Dennis Lee Campbell


ROCHESTER HILLS — A 75-year-old man from Rochester Hills has been charged with two felonies for allegedly threatening two firefighters with a loaded gun after they showed up to assist him in a medical emergency.

Dennis Lee Campbell was arraigned in 52-3 District Court Jan. 24 on a two-count felony warrant charging him with felonious assault and possession of a firearm while under the influence. He was released on a $10,000 personal bond.

The Rochester Hills Fire Department was called to assist Campbell in a medical emergency shortly before 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at a residence in the 1100 block of Delmar Drive in Rochester Hills. 

Upon their arrival, Campbell allegedly pointed a revolver at the two firefighters, who left the area and called deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office for backup.

 When deputies arrived at the scene, they found Campbell sitting on a stool in his garage with a pistol in his hand and his finger on the trigger, and they ordered him to put the gun down.

Campbell refused, reportedly saying he “wanted the deputies to shoot him,” before losing consciousness and slumping over, dropping the pistol. He was arrested without further incident. 

Campbell — who was recently diagnosed with a serious medical condition and was reportedly depressed and intoxicated, according to reports — was taken to a hospital for treatment. 

“While we certainly understand and sympathize with someone who is having challenges in their life, pointing a firearm at anyone is never an acceptable solution,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a statement. “We are extremely happy that no one was hurt during this incident and with the professionalism our deputies showed taking this person into custody.”

A probable cause conference is set for Jan. 31 before District Judge Nancy Carniak. Campbell did not have an attorney on file at press time.