Detroit man to be charged in shooting of ex-girlfriend

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
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A Detroit man is expected to be charged with shooting his ex-girlfriend in the leg, officials said Friday.

Officials with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said they have authorized several charges against Eric Coleman, 27, in connection with the shooting, including discharging a firearm in a building - causing injury, assault with intent to do great bodily harm and felonious assault.

He is expected to be formally charged in court on Friday.

If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison for the discharging a firearm charge, a felony. The assault charge, also a felony, carries a penalty of up 10 to years.

According to authorities, Detroit Police officers were dispatched at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday to a home in the 7400 block of Evergreen Road near West Warren Avenue on the city's west side to respond to a report of a burglary.

Police arrived and were met by Coleman, officials said. They also saw blood on the front porch and near a vehicle.

The officers investigated and found a handgun in the home, which they confiscated, officials said.

While police investigated the incident, they received information Coleman's 22-year-old ex-girlfriend was taken to a hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound to her left thigh, they said.

Officials said they believe Coleman shot the woman during an argument while she was picking up her dog and leaving the scene.

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