Two men arrested on report of road rage gunfire in Sterling Heights

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published May 13, 2022

A May 11 shooting on Van Dyke Avenue in Sterling Heights, attributed to road rage, led to the arrest of two men but reportedly resulted in no injuries, the Sterling Heights Police Department said.

According to police, officers were deployed to the vicinity of Van Dyke Avenue and 17 Mile Road at around 7:30 p.m. May 11 after they heard that a shooting had taken place. 

According to the police investigation, a white Saturn vehicle and a black Chrysler minivan had been driving southbound from M-53 in Sterling Heights. The Saturn allegedly cut off vehicles, and someone in the Saturn allegedly flipped a middle finger at the minivan’s driver. Then the Saturn and the minivan collided on Van Dyke near 17 Mile Road, police said.

When the minivan pulled over, the Saturn allegedly got behind it, and an occupant from the latter allegedly fired a weapon at the minivan’s driver, police said. Although the driver was reportedly not injured, shots hit the minivan more than once, causing some damage, police said. Then the Saturn took off, the report states. 

Police started looking for two male occupants in a white Saturn and reportedly found and arrested them in the area of  Van Dyke and 16 ½ Mile Road. Police said they searched the vehicle and found a black 9 mm semi-automatic pistol and a black “high powered” BB gun.

Dashcam video provided by the police on Facebook shows the suspects complying with officers’ orders, leading to resistance-free arrests. A statement from Sterling Heights police praised the officers’ actions.

“Due to the outstanding job and quick response of our officers two dangerous suspects were apprehended, keeping other rush hour traffic free from this reckless behavior,” the department said.

In an email, Sterling Heights Police Lt. Mario Bastianelli responded to a question about whether police are noticing a trend of road rage incidents lately, and he said there is “no exact trend on why these are occurring.”

Police said the suspects, who were not named at press time, live in Detroit and Warren. They are expected to be arraigned on felony charges, police said.

The Sterling Heights Police Department is asking anyone who knows more about this incident to call its Investigations Bureau at (586) 446-2825.