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Posted on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 1:30 p.m.

Competency examination ordered for man accused of shooting at cars on U.S. 23

By John Counts


Elmore Ray

Courtesy of Pittsfield Township police

The 28-year-old Ypsilanti man accused of shooting at cars on the freeway with a sawed-off shotgun was ordered by a judge Tuesday to undergo a psychological competency evaluation.

Elmore Ray appeared briefly in the 14A-1 District Court where his attorneys from the Washtenaw County Public Defenders Office requested he be examined at the Forensic Center in Ypsilanti.

Prosecutors did not have any objections and Judge Richard Conlin granted the request.

Ray, who remains in the county jail on a $20,000 cash bond, was silent throughout the proceedings. The preliminary examination scheduled for Tuesday was adjourned. A competency hearing was set for April 30.

Ray is charged with four counts of assault with intent to murder, four counts of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, carrying a weapon with unlawful intent and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony.

He is accused of being the gunman witnesses said used a sawed-off shotgun just after midnight Feb. 27. to shoot at multiple vehicles on U.S. 23 near Michigan Avenue south of Ann Arbor. No cars were hit and there were no injuries. Pittsfield Township police arrested Ray at gunpoint as he walked west from the area. No motorists were injured.

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Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 9:46 p.m.

No mention of what kind of ammo he was using. If using deer slugs, intent likely was to do great harm, if bird shot, not likely intended anything serious. Also was he competent to even know what ammo he was shooting??


Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 9:33 p.m.

It sounds like they are spending a little more time examining this case and I'm glad. The initial description didn't sound like someone with pre-meditated criminal intent.