The Retreat of Farmington Hills apartment complex, located on 12 Mile road near Middlebelt road, was the scene of a reported Aug. 28 shooting dispute that Farmington Hills police are actively investigating.

The Retreat of Farmington Hills apartment complex, located on 12 Mile road near Middlebelt road, was the scene of a reported Aug. 28 shooting dispute that Farmington Hills police are actively investigating.

Photo by Jonathan Shead


Police investigate dispute, shooting at Retreat of Farmington Hills

Residents asked to shelter in place during initial search for suspect

By: Jonathan Shead | Farmington Press | Published August 31, 2020

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Reports of a dispute and subsequent shots fired in the parking lot of the Retreat of Farmington Hills apartment complex at 4:54 p.m. Aug. 28 led Farmington Hills police to investigate and search for a possibly armed suspect. 

Police issued a shelter-in-place order for residents in the Middlebelt and Interstate 696 area at approximately 6 p.m. Aug. 28 as they conducted a search for the suspect. 

Residents in that area were reporting on Facebook seeing increased patrols by Farmington Hills Police and Michigan State Police troopers, as well as a police helicopter flying over subdivisions near 12 Mile and Middlebelt roads. Police lifted the shelter-in-place order around 8:30 p.m. that evening but could not find the suspect. 

“Officers attempted to locate the subject and after an extensive search of the area were unable to locate him,” an Aug. 28 press release states. 

According to the release, police had responded to the apartment complex, which neighbors the former Harrison High School on 12 Mile Road, after a reported shooting. Upon arriving, police learned that a “newer, dark-colored SUV” had fled from the complex prior to officers arriving. Police believe the subjects who fled may have been involved in the reported dispute. 

Police identified one suspect, who ran away, as a Black man in his 20s, of medium height and between 130 and 140 pounds. He was wearing black jogging pants with a white stripe down the side of them and carrying a black backpack. 

Police said there were no reports of injuries sustained from the dispute, nor was any information gathered that would indicate a threat to the public “at this time,” the Aug. 28 press release said. The department has increased patrols in the area as detectives continue to actively investigate the incident. 

The department has asked anyone with information to contact their command desk at (248) 871-2610. 

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