Rochester Hills man fatally shot after traffic altercation

By: Jonathan Shead | Troy Times | Published July 6, 2021 | Updated July 13, 2021 2:59pm

 A Rochester Hills man was fatally shot during the evening June 5 at a Shell gas station on the corner of Rochester and Wattles roads after a road rage incident turned violent.

A Rochester Hills man was fatally shot during the evening June 5 at a Shell gas station on the corner of Rochester and Wattles roads after a road rage incident turned violent.

Photo by Jonathan Shead


A 55-year-old Rochester Hills man was fatally shot in the parking lot of the Shell gas station at 3990 Rochester Road after a traffic altercation turned from a verbal argument into a shooting.

A call came into the Troy Police Department around 9:44 p.m. July 5. Officers arrived to find the victim, Francis Dombrowski, next to his vehicle, a black Ford Crown Victoria, injured from multiple gunshot wounds. The suspects, seen driving a white Jeep Cherokee, were nowhere to be found.

Terell Josey, 27, was arrested for the shooting after identifying himself at the Troy police station July 6, police said. He was arraigned July 8 at 52-4 District Court in front of Judge Kirsten Hartig, who denied bond. Police recovered a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun believed to be used in the shooting during the arrest.

Josey has been charged with open murder, felony firearm possession, and a carrying a concealed weapon charge in relation to the July 5 shooting.

The incident began as Dombrowski and the female driver of the white Jeep, with Josey in the passenger seat, were driving in the area of Rochester Road and South Boulevard, police said. Eventually, the two vehicles pulled into the Shell gas station, where Josey and Dombrowski confronted each other. Dombrowski was shot in the upper torso three times before Josey reentered the Jeep and fled the scene, police said.

Responding paramedics treated Dombrowski’s injuries at the scene before transporting him to a hospital, where he died, a press release states.

“Officers found a subject laying outside a vehicle in the parking lot of the Shell gas station, so they immediately started CPR rescue attempts. The ambulance got to the scene and got the subject transported to a Beaumont,” Troy Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Jason Clark said.

Dombrowski was an active member of the Detroit Fire Department.

“Everyone is just upset right now,” a Detroit Fire Department community relations representative said. The department did not wish to comment further at this time.

Road rage incidents, and subsequent violence stemming from them, have been on the rise lately, Clark added.

“We need to be mindful of how we are on the road, and how we’re acting, because these are two people that did not know each other, and a tragic ending,” he said. “This is a road rage incident. … We need to educate the public to be a little more kind, and gentler, out there on the roadway, following traffic laws and kind of minding our own business, I guess.”

The Troy Police Department is asking anyone who witnessed the incident at the gas station or on the road in the moments leading up to the shooting to call (248) 524-3477.

Birmingham-based attorney Marc Lakin, representing Josey, said, “I am investigating the case and getting to the bottom of the allegations, and I will have comment very soon.”

Josey’s next hearing will be a probable cause hearing at 9:30 a.m. July 15, in front of Judge Maureen McGinnis.