Man faces 3 felonies after confrontation with Roseville police

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 6, 2019




ROSEVILLE — Roseville police responded to a domestic disturbance Sept. 2 in which police weapons were discharged but no one was injured. 

The incident took place at a home on Masonic Boulevard, east of Kelly Road, at approximately 11:03 p.m. According to police, the suspect’s ex-girlfriend lived at the residence, and officers were dispatched after receiving a 911 call about a disturbance at the residence. 

Upon arrival at the scene, police said, officers saw the resident’s ex-boyfriend, identified as 26-year-old Semaj King, of Detroit, in the garage of the home. When King exited the garage, he pointed a handgun at a police officer, who fired at King, according to Roseville police. King then fled on foot into the house, officers gave chase and took him into custody without further incident, police said. 

“The officers responded to an unwanted guest who was creating a disturbance at a residence he was familiar with,” Roseville Deputy Police Chief Mitch Berlin said. “He was disrupting the family’s peace.”

Police said that none of the residents nor any bystanders were injured during the incident. Police said that King was treated and released from a local hospital for an injury he had suffered prior to police arrival. 

The responding officers were not injured, and two of them are on administrative leave as a result of discharging their weapons. Berlin said the department is looking into the officers’ use of potentially deadly force, but thus far, he said, it appeared they were justified.

King was arraigned in 39th District Court Sept. 4 and charged with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of felon in possession of a firearm and one count of felony firearm. Bond was set at $500,000 cash. If King posts bond, he will be placed on an electronic monitoring system and cannot have any contact with his ex-girlfriend.

King had not been assigned or retained an attorney prior to press time.

“This case clearly demonstrates the extreme dangers our men and women in uniform face every day,” said Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith. “Roseville police did an outstanding job. They acted professionally under extraordinary circumstances and successfully arrested the suspect before he could seriously hurt someone at the home. We are very thankful that the police arrived when they did.” 

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.