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Posted on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 11:32 a.m.

Police: Man fired off shot to threaten girlfriend

By John Counts


A 25-year-old man was arrested early Thursday after pulling a gun on his 21-year-old girlfriend and two of her friends, police said.

The women were at the couple's Ypsilanti apartment helping the girlfriend move out.

The man then fired off one shot into the air while he was on the sidewalk outside of the apartment, in the 300 block of Jarvis Street, just before 1:20 a.m., said Sgt. Tom Eberts.

“The female victim was moving out," Eberts said, adding that this upset the 25-year-old Ypsilanti man.

The three women fled to a nearby Eastern Michigan University residence hall where they contacted police. The 21-year-old Ypsilanti woman's two 20-year-old friends are EMU students and live in the dorm, police said. Eberts could not immediately confirm whether the 21-year-old woman or 25-year-old man are students.

Ypsilanti police were called to the residence hall where they interviewed the three women. They told police the man had pulled out the handgun inside the apartment and pointed it at them, Eberts said.

The women directed police to the apartment the couple shared, where the 25-year-old man was found and arrested without incident, Eberts said. The handgun was recovered during a consensual search of the apartment.

The man was taken to the Washtenaw County Jail where he remains pending arraignment on felonious assault charges.

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Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 12:35 p.m.

I still say go to bed by 9PM and this stuff doesn't happen.......


Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 12:34 p.m.

Did they do a background check on the dude before he got his gun?


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 4:52 p.m.

Another responsible gun owner just exercising his rights? SMH

music to my ear

Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 11:23 a.m.

honest abe well said ,we responsible gun owners should not carry the burden of those who abuse their right to bears arms,there are many gun owners who know how to be responsible like the saying one bad apple dont spoil the whole bunch. there is always going to be someone it shouldnt reflect all legal gun owners.

Honest Abe

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 5:54 p.m.

dsponini- Nobody ever said he was a legit or responsible gun owner. The only person indicating this, is you! Let me guess, you believe incidents such as this, is why guns should be banned or restricted?! I don't think so! Even if this guy was legit or not, owning firearms is MY RIGHT! Always will be! There are more deaths caused by heart disease which was caused from poor eating habit than there is by deaths by firearm! This is a FACT! Should we ban Big Mac's and Coca Cola, too?? All of you anti gun people might as well face it! Our guns are going nowhere except on our waist or on the rack. PERIOD! This is not a police state, and the people will never allow it to be, EVER! I will never be a boot locker and lay down my rights! Yeah, this guy fired off his gun, he was dangerous and careless! He deserves to have a fair trial and if justice needs to be served, it will! Other than that, just because he is a bad seed does not mean the rest of us are!


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 4:27 p.m.

Good guy(s) with gun(s)... right.

Honest Abe

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 5:56 p.m.

a2cents: My reply to 'dsponini', applies to you, too! Please read and absorb.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 4:20 p.m.

I think she made a smart decision.