PONTIAC, MI – If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember the first lie because you have to cover that up with a second lie. What is the truth is that a 31-year-old man and his 8-year-old son were injured when they were struck by gunfire from alleged armed robbery suspects on Tuesday May 5th, 2021.
At 4:22PM Oakland County Sheriff Deputies, the Waterford Regional Fire Department (WRFD) and Star EMS responded to the 600 block of Lebaron Avenue on the report of a 31-year-old man who had been shot. The complainant reported that someone had broken into her home and shot her boyfriend.
Once on scene, deputies located the man who had a gunshot wound to his upper right leg. Deputies applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding and turned him over to paramedics for additional treatment. Paramedics transported him to McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac where he is listed in stable condition.
Deputies spoke with the victim’s 8-year-old son the son. While speaking with Deputies, the 8-year-old boy lifted his right pant leg and showed them his shin which had a small laceration from an apparent bullet ricochet. He was turned over to paramedics and transported to St. Joseph’s Mercy Oakland Hospital for treatment.
The victim stated he was outside his residence when three male subjects that he did not know, pulled up along-side him in a black SUV. One of the passengers yelled that he wanted to show him something. Since the three subjects were not known to the victim he turned away where he proceeded to enter the house. The three suspects exited their vehicle and followed him inside. Upon seeing the suspects, the man and his son into the bathroom where the mother/girlfriend was hiding.
The suspects ordered the three victims out of the bathroom. If they refused to come out, the suspects would shoot their weapons into the bathroom. One of the suspects then allegedly showed the man a baggie of marijuana and a baggie of cocaine. The man told officers that he told the suspect that he did not want the drugs. That is when one of the suspects fired their weapons injuring the father and son.
The suspects took cash and jewelry from the victim. A second shot hit the family dog. The suspects then fled.
An OCSO K9 unit arrived on the scene, initiated a track but it was without results. Detectives arrived on the scene and began their investigation. An OCSO Evidence Technician responded to the scene and processed it. Animal Control responded and took custody of the injured mixed breed dog which will survive. The victim changed his version of the story several times during his interview. The incident remains under investigation.