Detroit man charged with injuring cop
A Detroit man has been charged with injuring a police officer after Macomb County Sheriff’s deputies tried to arrest him in connection with a report of stolen goods.
James Deandre-Lynn Gist, 21, was arraigned Monday in 41-A District Court in Shelby Township, where bond was set at $30,000 cash.
Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said Gist bit and punched a deputy Saturday when police tried to arrest him in the Home Depot on Hall in Macomb Township. He had fled there from the nearby Target store after police were called on a complaint of retail theft, Wickersham said.
After struggling with police, the sheriff said Gist ran from the Home Depot to a condominium complex north of the store where someone saw a man get into an unlocked van. Gist surrendered when police found him in the vehicle.
The deputy was treated for his injuries and is back on patrol, Wickersham said.
Gist is charged with one felony count of assaulting and officer causing injury, which carries a four-year sentence or $5,000 fine; one felony count of retail fraud, which carries a five-year sentence or $10,000 fine; and one misdemeanor count of lying to a peace officer, which carries a two-year sentence or $5,000 fine.
The misdemeanor charge stems from police saying Gist lied about his identity when they arrested him.