Police make arrest after shots fired in neighborhood

By: April Lehmbeck | Advertiser Times | Published August 22, 2014

HARPER WOODS — A quick police response allowed officers to stop a group of fleeing suspects before they could leave the scene after shots were fired during an altercation Aug. 16.

The incident took place shortly before midnight when officers were called for multiple gunshots being fired in the area of Woodside and Beaconsfield.

“Officers responded and located a vehicle that was involved in the incident leaving the area,” Public Safety Director James Burke said in a release. “Two officers conducted a felony traffic stop of the vehicle, which was occupied by six subjects. The six subjects were taken into custody, and two loaded semi-automatic handguns were recovered from inside the vehicle.”

The suspects arrested included a 19-year-old Harper Woods resident, 17-year-old Warren resident and 17-year-old Detroit resident. For these three, bond was set at $10,000 or 10 percent for multiple felony charges, and all three will have a GPS tether.

They will reappear in 32-A District Court Aug. 27 for a scheduled preliminary exam, according to information from the Public Safety Department.

The remaining three suspects were taken to the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility.

There were no injuries reported in the incident, and another group of suspects fled the scene before police arrived.

The incident involved what police believe was a verbal altercation between two groups that did not know each other.

A gun was pulled by someone in one of the groups and two shots were fired into the air in an attempt to scare off the other group. The group that police arrested had been there visiting a relative of one of the suspects.

Immediately after the shots were fired, police made the scene.

“Officers were literally right down the street when that happened,” police Lt. John Vorgitch said. “They have good response time.”

Anyone who has information on this incident should call the Public Safety Department at (313) 343-2530.