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Posted on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 : 11:45 a.m.

German who police say made threats to kill his wife arrested after flight to U.S.

By Paula Gardner

A German engineer who police say made threats to kill his wife was arrested this month by Pittsfield Township Police as he deboarded a plane at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, the Detroit Free Press is reporting.



Martin Buerkle, 41, is being held in the Washtenaw County Jail, where he's also accused of attacking an employee days after his arrest.

His wife lives in Pittsfield Township, and he threatened to kill her and himself, according to the report.

Read the full story.

Update at 3:17 p.m.: The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office says Buerkle made self-inflicted cuts to his neck and wrist, so he was transported to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital for medical care. During transport, he was combative, according to spokeman Derrick Jackson.

"While corrections staff attempted to gain control of Mr. Buerkle a struggle ensued," he said in an email. During the struggle, Buerkle had to have his hands pried from the holster of the officer's weapon.

The officer was not injured. Buerkle was charged with assault of prison employee, Jackson said.



Sat, Mar 31, 2012 : 1:48 p.m.

I hope someone refers the wife to Safehouse for help in safety planning and any other needed support! Great job on the part of law enforcement to intervene and respond!!! A great example of how our coordinated community response to domestic violence is working!


Fri, Mar 30, 2012 : 8:03 p.m.

Terrifying is right! It sounds like this guy is very focused on getting out and continuing on his mission to kill his wife. I hope and pray she is safe.


Fri, Mar 30, 2012 : 6:25 p.m.

Just curious. Is deboarded the correct term? I've never heard it before. I thought it was deplaned.


Fri, Mar 30, 2012 : 7:53 p.m.

From : "Driven almost to the point of a rant by a thread in TravelBuzz which uses the dreadful non-word "de-board" I wonder what people think of these awful words. I thought de-plane was bad enough - but de-board!!! Interestingly enough if you try Googling "de-plane" the first result is a quote from the old TV series Fantasy Island where Mr Rourke's little dwarf assistant Tattoo rings the bell and shout "De Plane.....De Plane......" :D:D What the hell is wrong with disembark or get off? Disembark has a nautical flavor, it's origin apparent in the last syllable, "bark", a steal from the sea, "ship" in several ancient dialects, and still around as barquentine and barq. "Board" of course has equally nautical origin, walking across a "board" streched from land to ship. Deplane, whether by Tattoo or not, describes what's actually happening, and firts [sic] well with the old standy, rarely heard, these days, "emplane". "Emplane" and "deplane" are appropriate and descriptive, brief and clear. But then I'm one of those quirky former naval persons who insists that one assigned to a ship's crew serves "in" the ship, not "on" it, a status reserved for passengers, etc." Also: "At the beginning, I get on the plane and sit down. At the end, I stand up and get off the plane. Get on. Get off. Simple, clear, and impervious to innuendo."

John of Saline

Fri, Mar 30, 2012 : 6:35 p.m.

"Disembark" is a perfectly good word. Not sure whit it is never used.


Fri, Mar 30, 2012 : 4:39 p.m.

Terrifying. I read the full article. Thank goodness someone was paying attention and intervened.