Cops: Illegal video shoot gets shot up, closed down

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A video shoot on Detroit’s west side on Saturday night ended after police arrived and fired shots, believing they were breaking up an armed robbery.

While earlier information said three men involved in the shoot were arrested, an update Monday revealed that the men had only been detained for questioning and released.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, in the area of West McNichols and the Southfield Freeway, police responded to a 911 call of a reported robbery.

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A camera is seen here in the windshield of a Detroit police car in Detroit on October 8, 2009.  (Robin Buckson / The Detroit News)

Police arrived arrived and saw a black Jeep with no doors. They saw a man getting out, “running up to an Aston Martin vehicle,” said Officer Dan Donakowski, a Detroit Police Department spokesman. “The subject appeared to be armed and appeared to be robbing the Aston Martin.”

When officers approached, a man turned turned toward the cops, holding what appeared to be a weapon. An officer “fired three shots, but none took effect,” Donakowski said.

Upon further investigation, it turned out the suspects weren’t actually robbing anyone; they were doing a video shoot, Donakowski said. They had no permits or license to do so.