Suspects arrested in road rage shooting incident

By: Andy Kozlowski | C&G Newspapers | Published April 15, 2021

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HAZEL PARK/WARREN — Four people are in jail awaiting charges after they led police on a car chase across three cities. The chase started when police received word that someone in the suspect vehicle had fired a gun at another vehicle traveling behind them.

The incident, described in a police report as a case of road rage, occurred at 2:05 p.m. April 12 in the area of Woodward Heights Boulevard and Couzens Avenue.

The victims were two Hazel Park men, ages 50 and 29. They were not injured. The shots were allegedly fired in their direction but did not strike them or their vehicle.

Police located the suspect vehicle, a red 2007 Dodge Nitro, near Eight Mile and John R roads. When police attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, the suspects fled, leading police on a chase through Hazel Park, Detroit and Warren.

It was in Warren where the driver of the suspect vehicle lost control on a residential street near Nine Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue and crashed, coming to a stop. During the chase, a handgun was thrown from the vehicle that was later recovered by police.

The four occupants in the vehicle were arrested. Three of them were taken to local hospitals for treatment following the car crash. Their injuries were  not life-threatening. Three semi-automatic handguns were recovered from them.

All four suspects are from Detroit — two men, both age 18, along with a 19-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman.

Hazel Park Police Chief Brian Buchholz commended the responding officers. He said the suspects’ actions were very concerning, and he expressed sympathy for the victims.

“The officers put themselves in harm’s way to apprehend violent felons that had no regard for the victims, drivers and residents’ lives in that area when they decided to fire multiple shots from a vehicle. The officers did a great job of locating the suspect vehicle almost two miles away,” Buchholz said in an email.

“The suspects chose to flee, and we had to react. If they were not apprehended, they would most definitely endanger more lives. The suspects were treated at hospitals and cleared for incarceration with minor to no injuries,” he said. “The officers and detectives performed very well in tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving circumstances. I am proud of their selfless acts of bravery.

“A lot of money and time is being spent to defend people for the crimes they commit to make sure their rights are protected,” Buchholz continued. “The truth is there are bad people in the world that are evil and have no value for other human life. They need to be in jail to protect the innocent. 

“The victims in this case are concerned that there may be retaliation if (the suspects) are released from jail. Who knows what the lasting effects will be for the victims from the trauma they encountered,” Buchholz said. “Both victims were very shaken up, and one of them has not made it back to work yet. Will they be afraid to work for a long time? Afraid to drive again? Afraid to leave the house? Will they want to move?”  

At press time, Hazel Park police were seeking charges against the suspects through the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.