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Posted on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 6:35 a.m.

Ypsilanti Police arrest triple shooting suspect in Detroit

By Paula Gardner

The man sought in the triple shooting on the eastern edge of the Eastern Michigan University campus last week was arrested Wednesday in Detroit.


From Ypsilanti Police

Quenton Martez Dodson was taken into custody on Detroit's west side at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to Ypsilanti Police.

The arrest occurred "without incident," according to a news release.

Assisting Ypsilanti Police were the United States Marshals Service, Michigan State Police Fugitive Team and Detroit Police Department.

Dodson, 24, is accused of shooting three people during a drug sale in the 300 block of Jarvis on March 23. The location is near Dodson's home.

The shooting evolved after "a dispute over what exactly they were supposed to be getting," during the buy, Ypsilanti Detective Sgt. Troy Fulton told on Saturday.

The victims, ages 18 to 20, were in critical condition but stabilized in the hours after the shooting. A fourth person with them was not harmed.

"All three victims continue to recover from their injuries sustained during this incident," according to the release.

Police obtained a 13-count warrant against Dodson early this week.

Among the crimes Dodson is being charged with are three counts of assault with intent to murder, three counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count each of carrying a concealed weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm and a felony firearm charge. Walker stated Dodson is considered armed and dangerous.

He's being held in the Washtenaw County Jail until he can be arraigned on those charges.

Dodson was sentenced in 2006 for two breaking and entering charges, once each in 2005 and 2006, according to Michigan Department of Corrections records. Both of those crimes took place in Washtenaw County.



Sat, Apr 28, 2012 : 2:49 p.m.

It's innocent to do so but it may be a mistake to just limit "accusations" to other cities like Ypsi when it comes to relative crime rates. Because: Ypsilanti has no control over the drug traffic which flows through our entire interstate freeway system. Neither does Ann Arbor. All "cities of size" are, to some degree, terminals for drug traffic (both from foreign and domestic sources). In low-income neighborhoods, the drug trade is very alluring because it appears to be the major opportunity for individuals to "earn money" and the possibility of "earning" a lot of money is an irresistible temptation to a whole lot of low income individuals. No city has complete control of poverty, so it's just a matter of where pockets of low income communities spring up and how large those pockets become. So I'd say that demeaning Ypsilanti for something that city has only limited ability to control isn't fair. I think we should be thinking of Ypsilanti as we would of a sick neighbor, not blaming the city government and all the non-criminal residents for a problem which is bigger than any city can handle. After all, it's the criminals themselves who "don't respect Ann Arbor" - not those who are in fact our fellow countrymen and victims.


Sat, Apr 28, 2012 : 1:34 p.m.

"The shooting evolved after "a dispute over what exactly they were supposed to be getting," -- Somewhere, someone's journalism professor(s) are probably reaching for the Tylenol® if they've read this. I suppose it's nit-picking but wouldn't the better choice have been "from" rather than "after?" Or - "The shooting came after..."? Hopefully, better writing will evolve FROM this post. I certainly hope that a shooting doesn't evolve FROM it. I would hate to see's News Director pursued by the Michigan State Police Fugitive Team and the U.S. Marshals. ;-)

Paula Gardner

Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 10:08 a.m.

Yes, it did happen off-campus - on the Ypsilanti side of the edge of campus in an area that's largely student off-campus housing. Since it was so close to campus - just yards away - EMU police were able to assist YPD by checking video surveillance tapes. That step helped determine the direction the suspect fled (away from campus).

Geoff Larcom

Sun, Apr 1, 2012 : 2:43 p.m.

Terrific work by the YPD on this case, with help from other agencies, including EMU's Department of Public Safety. It is important to note, as does the middle text of the story, that this incident took place off EMU's campus, in the 300 block of Jarvis . But the lead sentence says "on the Eastern edge of EMU's campus, which is not true. It is not "on" campus. And the headline for this story in Sunday's print edition does not even specify an edge of campus, but rather said the crime took place "during a drug sale on EMU's campus." Not true.


Sat, Mar 31, 2012 : 2:30 p.m.

It takes a village to keep us safe and our homes crime free. Hurray to the law enforcement!

Monica R-W

Fri, Mar 30, 2012 : 6:41 a.m.

Good job Ypsilanti P.D.!


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 8:04 p.m.

Woo hoo!! Go Ypsi cops!!!

Chase Ingersoll

Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 6:36 p.m.

Ypsi, you need to be more careful regarding "IMPORTS FROM DETROIT"


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 5:26 p.m.

Am so happy to hear of this arrest! A big thanks to all that assisted the Ypsilanti Police Dept!


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 5:22 p.m.

Good work to catch the guy ... is it me or do people notice a Detroit connection to crimes in Washtenaw county? is seems as if, more often than not, the criminals flee to detroit or are actually from detroit and come out to this area and are up to no good ... seems to be more and more as of late Ypsi has its issues for sure - but they need not have Detroit's issues also


Sat, Apr 28, 2012 : 1:54 p.m.

Just FYI, you are correct, and: Ann Arbor / Ypsi are actually a kind of way station for drug traffickers between Detroit and Chicago. Detroit is the "terminus" which just happens to be closer and provides the quickest way to find a place to hide. In terms of "product distribution," Ann Arbor/Ypsi can be a stop-off where drugs are sold to dealers like the one in this story ("allegedly might be"- lol!). The U.S. interstate highway system is what enables the whole illegal drug distribution system, so all "cities of size" become terminals.


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 3:39 p.m.

Any reason that when this shooting occurred it was one of the top headlines for several days but when the man who perpetrated the crime is caught its buried at the bottom of the page. Perhaps its becaus this excuse for news source continues to care more about sensationalizing events rather than reporting fairly and consistently with some type of journalistic integrity. Or maybe just maybe, when this guy was caught didn't see an opening to drag one of the local University's names through the mud in a hope to drive up readership. But hey its not a child porn case, good work Kind of like when they say 3 shot near EMU campus, how about Man arrested near crack house in Detroit.


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 2:21 p.m.

Excellent work YPD and all the other agencies who assisted......It is amazing that a dept. that is so short handed continues to do the job so well......


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 1:55 p.m.

No doubt the police got lots of help from the community. LOL!


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 2:03 p.m.

Absolutely, once they were done marching they all went to look for this guy....great job. lol


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 1:19 p.m.

I'm glad they got this guy. I wonder though, how do the Ypsilanti Police have powers of arrest outside their jurisdiction? I thought that was possible only with "hot pursuit". Did the State Police actually arrest him and hand him over to the Ypsi department?


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 7:50 p.m.

Whoa whoa there guys ok I was wrong YPD was there during the arrest, jeez it was a simple error.


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 3:49 p.m.

@Hmm, which of those agencies do you work for that you are sure that YPD was not involved in the arrest?? @ Ignatz, we (police) are certified and sworn in with arrest powers state wide.


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 2:23 p.m.

Hmm, The headline at least implied that the Ypsilanti Police made the arrest. That's what my question was based upon. Thanks. SW40, I really don't have the time to "learn up" on police procedures. That why I posed the question in hopes of having experts like you enlighten me. Thanks.


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 1:58 p.m.

wow, all i can say is wow. You really need to take a second and learn up on the criminal justice system. First "hot pursuit" is an exception to the requirements for a search warrant and has nothing to do with jurisdiction. Second a law enforcement officer in Michigan can go anywhere in Michigan to make an arrest for a crime that occurred in their jurisdiction. A law enforcement officer can also go anywhere in Michigan to investigate a crime that occurred in their jurisdiction. Jurisdiction has to do with where a police officer can make an arrest for a crime occurring in their presence and who responds to a calls for police service. It has nothing to do with where an officer can go in the state of Michigan to investigate a crime that did occur in their jurisdiction as I previously stated, they can go anywhere in the state, crossing state lines is a hole different ball game. Great Job by all involved.


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 1:36 p.m.

The phrase "Hot Pursuit" always makes me giggle and think of Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane with Flash on his lap pursuing them Duke Boys.


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 1:25 p.m.

"Assisting Ypsilanti Police were the United States Marshals Service, Michigan State Police Fugitive Team and Detroit Police Department." Ypsi PD was not present during the capture, but they did take custody once the above mentioned agencies turned him over to them


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 1:13 p.m.

To paraphrase the Steppenwolf tune...."Gosh darn the PusherMan!"


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 12:44 p.m.

He could run, but he could not hide for long... Hope no bond for flight risk!


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 1:48 p.m.

Agree, his *promise* card should be revoked ... no bond!


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 12:07 p.m.

Drugs are bad mmkay.