Retired police officer charged after allegedly shooting son

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published July 28, 2020


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Nearly two months after a shooting in Macomb Township, a father is facing charges.

Michael Szymanski, 56, was charged with one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder or by strangulation, a felony.

Around 1:30 a.m. May 24, Macomb County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 48000 block of Presidential Drive, in the area of 22 Mile and Hayes roads in Macomb Township, with a report of a weapons complaint.

Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Renee Yax indicated it was for a dispute where a man had been shot.

“There was a gathering at the home and a dispute between two of the men occurred,” she said. “The dispute became physical and ended with one man being shot in the abdomen.”

The victim is Szymanski’s 30-year-old son, Steven Szymanski, of Fraser.

A July 22 press release from the Sheriff’s Office indicates a .357 Taurus revolver was collected from the residence as evidence.

“Michael Szymanski was interviewed and released pending further investigation,” according to police.

Steven Szymanski has since been released from the hospital.

Police say Michael Szymanski retired as a police officer from Hamtramck.

On July 22, Michael Szymanski was arraigned in the 41-A Shelby Township District Court and given a $100,000 personal bond. He is scheduled to return to court Aug. 4.

Jill Quarker, Steven Szymanski’s cousin, said at the time of the shooting, there were around six people at the home. She was not present.

Quarker said at the time of the shooting, there were around six people at the home. She was not present. She didn’t get into specifics on the shooting, but indicated it stemmed from a family dispute.

Quarker described Steven Szymanski as a kind and gentle person.  

Nearly $12,000 has been raised on a GoFundMe page which was created a couple of days after the incident.

“This tragic event will be extremely costly for Steven,” a message on the GoFundMe page states. “He will have an extensive list of bills as well as not being able to work while he recovers.”

Quarker said Steven Szymanski is recovering.

Michael Szymanski’s LinkedIn profile indicates he spent 25 years with the Hamtramck Police Department, first on road patrol, then as a detective. He retired from the department in 2010.

His current role is listed as deputy director, East/Central, North American operations for Constellis, a risk management company.  

Michael Szymanski’s attorney, Todd Flood, could not be reached for comment by press time.