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Suspect shoots at law enforcement in Clinton Township

UPDATE: 14 shots fired at victims vehicle

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published November 13, 2019 | Updated November 15, 2019 12:04pm

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MOUNT CLEMENS — Police say an attempted homicide occurred Nov. 12 in Mount Clemens.

A Macomb County Sheriff’s Office press release states at approximately 7:40 p.m., a 25-year-old woman from Mount Clemens came to the Sheriff’s Office with a gunshot wound to her shoulder. 

“She stated she had been shot by her boyfriend on Valley Drive in Mount Clemens after an argument over their relationship,” the release indicates. “The victim was shot while in her vehicle with the couple’s small child. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the child was uninjured.”

Deputies located the suspect, a 26-year-old man, at his apartment in Clinton Township.

On Nov. 14, the suspect was identified as Devonita Blakes. He was charged with 10 felonies: two counts of assault with intent to murder, five counts of felony firearm weapons,  first-degree child abuse, discharge of a firearm in or at a building, and malicious destruction of fire or police property.

A press release issued by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office Nov. 14 indicates Blakes arrived, unannounced at the apartment complex where his child and his child’s mother resides.

“The defendant sought to prevent the child’s mother, one of the adult victims, from leaving with their two-year-old son,” the release states. “As the victim attempted to drive away, with the toddler in the vehicle, the defendant pulled up alongside and exited his own vehicle. He then proceeded to shoot at the victim’s vehicle 14 times.”

The woman was struck several times.

The release goes on, stating that Blakes fled to his own apartment in Clinton Township, where he fired several rounds through a bedroom window, striking an unoccupied Clinton Township police vehicle. He then fired several shots out the sliding glass door at the rear of his apartment before the gun sustained a misfeed and became disabled. Blakes exited the apartment and was taken into custody.  

Law enforcement did not return fire and nobody was injured.

“The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office thanks the Clinton Township Police Department for their assistance in taking this suspect into custody,” the release states.

Blakes was arraigned Nov. 14 in the 41-B Clinton Township District Court and given a $200,000 bond; tether upon release. He is scheduled to return to court Nov. 27 for a probable cause conference.

Blakes’ attorney Kosti Ognjanovski did not return a call seeking comment.

“The devastating reality is that our office continues to prosecute these heartbreaking cases involving domestic violence every day,” Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said. “If you know someone involved in a relationship, whether it be boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, parent/child, I cannot stress how important it is to assist that person in reaching out for help.”  

Turning Point, a domestic violence shelter and support system, has a 24-hour crisis line that can be reached by calling 586-463-6990.