Steven Philip DeKane )
Authorities have accused a Roseville man of pulling a gun on firefighters and paramedics after getting drunk and falling down, Police Chief James Berlin said Tuesday.
Steven Philip DeKane, 50, was charged in 39th District Court Tuesday with a count of assault with a deadly weapon and a count of brandishing a firearm in public, according to Berlin. The assault charge is a felony punishable by four years in prison, and the brandishing a firearm charge is a 90-day misdemeanor.
DeKane stood mute on the charges and a judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf, Berlin said. DeKane is free on a $7,500 bond and scheduled to appear next in court Feb. 5 for a probable cause hearing on the case.
Police say firefighters and paramedics were called to DeKaneís apartment in the 30000 block of Sandhurst near 13 Mile and Utica to help him after he had fallen. He called his sister, told her he needed help and she called paramedics, Berlin said.
After they arrived, emergency personnel found the apartmentís door closed and got no answer to repeated attempts to make contact with the person inside, according to authorities.
Paramedics found the door was unlocked and entered the home, fearing the victim was incapacitated, police said.
Berlin said DeKane, who was intoxicated and armed with a .25 caliber handgun, confronted emergency medical personnel. Paramedics tried to communicate with him, but he just stared and pointed his gun at them.
The paramedics left the apartment and called police, according to authorities. DeKane was uncooperative with officers, officials said.
Officers were able to convince him to lower his weapon, but he refused other commands and they had to physically subdue him, Berlin said.
No one was injured during the arrest.