Cops: Suspect threw cinder blocks, fired shots at them
Detroit — Police are seeking a 25-year-old Detroit man who they say threw cinder blocks and fired shots at them following a Wednesday morning domestic disturbance.
Detroit police say Keith Deshawn Montgomery is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached by civilians.
Police got the call of a domestic disturbance with shots fired at about 2:30 a.m. at a house on the 900 block of Brentwood, which is south of Seven Mile and east of Interstate 75.
Police say the incident involved a woman and two men. When the woman’s new boyfriend heard the suspect was at the home arguing with his girlfriend, he went to the house to help, according to police, when Montgomery allegedly fired shots at him.
When police approached the home to assist, they say they heard the argument still in progress, and believed the woman to be in distress.
As police entered the home, they say Montgomery allegedly threw two cinder blocks at the police, striking no one. Then he fired three rounds, police say, causing police to take cover.
It is at that point, Commander Elvin Barren said, that police believe the suspect escaped, and that he was gone by the time responding officers set up a perimeter, and long before police breached the home at 7 a.m.
The woman and three children — two boys, ages 1 and 2, and a 3-year-old girl — were driven away from the scene by the woman’s new boyfriend.
“She wants nothing to do with this,” Barren said.
The loud bangs heard just before 7 a.m. were tear gas canisters, which were shot through windows, said Michael Woody, director of media relations for the Detroit Police Department.
Before entering the home, police tried coaxing out Montgomery, who they believed to still be inside at the time.
“This is the Detroit Police Department,” police said via loud speaker, amid flashing red and blue lights and the occasional loud siren. “We are not leaving this location. We’re not here to harm you; we’re here to help you. We need you to come through the front door and have your hands visible.
“We understand you may be scared; we understand that. But we do need you to come outside,” the voice over the loud speaker said at 6 a.m., hours into the ordeal.
Pamela Anderson, 63, said she was walking on Brentwood about 2 a.m. and heard the beginnings of the disturbance. Anderson, who lives in the neighborhood, was going to visit a friend.
She said she saw a man banging on the front door and heard a woman inside refusing to let him in.
“That’s alright, I got something for you (expletive),” Anderson said she heard the man say. Anderson said he then left the front porch and went around to a side door.
“I kept on walking,” Anderson said. “I crossed the Chrysler Service Drive and just kept on.”