Man in custody after shots fired near Van Dyke and Toepfer

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published January 12, 2016


WARREN — A Warren man was in custody Jan. 12 after a domestic dispute resulted in gunfire and a “shootout” involving responding police.

According to Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills of the Warren Police Department, no one was injured after Terrance Joseph, 21, allegedly fired multiple shots during an argument with a 26-year-old woman — the mother of Joseph’s child — over custody issues. Joseph was reportedly on the front porch of the home at the time, on Chalmers just west of Van Dyke and north of Toepfer. 

“He pulled out a semiautomatic pistol and fired one round into the ground,” Mills said. “The girlfriend, and her company, there were two or three other subjects, they all ran and got into a white Dodge and fled.”

Mills said a neighbor called 911 after the first shot was fired and that two Warren police officers arrived in a car at the same time the woman and the other people were leaving.

Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green said there was also a second vehicle, an SUV, seen leaving the area.

“As they’re fleeing, he fires more rounds,” Mills said. “Our car pulls onto the street, the officer takes cover and returns fire. He discharged one round.”

Green added, “Gunfire was coming in the direction of the officers. The white Charger and the SUV that were fleeing the scene, as well, all three vehicles, at one point were bunched up together. The bottom line is our guys pulled onto the street and basically got involved in a shootout.”

Mills said Joseph fled into the home and ran through the back door when police arrived. He reportedly jumped a fence and hid in the neighbor’s garage on the west side of the property in the 7500 block of Chalmers.

Concerned about a potential barricaded gunman, Warren police established a perimeter around the home and waited for a tactical team to arrive. That’s when Joseph, reportedly without a shirt or shoes, emerged from the garage and was spotted in the back yard by police.

“At 11:37 a.m., he comes out of the garage, attempts to go toward the back fence and is taken into custody,” Mills said.

Investigators reportedly recovered a loaded handgun from the rafters of the garage.

Joseph was arraigned in the 37th District Court Jan. 13 on charges that include possessing a stolen gun, a 10-year felony, and felonious assault, punishable by up to four years in prison. He requested court-appointed legal counsel and was held in the Macomb County Jail with bail set at $500,000 ahead of his next court appearance, scheduled for Jan. 28.