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Police shoot fleeing man, recover guns, in Pontiac

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A man was shot by police and two others were arrested in Pontiac on Monday night after being pulled over for brandishing guns while driving, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday afternoon.

Police got a call about 7:36 p.m. that “a subject known to” the sheriff’s department was carrying a gun while riding around town in a white Chevy TrailBlazer. Police observed the man enter the vehicle and stopped it soon after, they said.

The man, the subject known to police, exited the back seat of the vehicle with a handgun and ran into a backyard on the 400 block of Emerson, where sheriff’s deputies followed him and ordered him to drop his weapon. Instead, the man turned toward deputies, 9 millimeter semi-automatic handgun in hand, according to the sheriff’s statement.

“Deputies, in fear of their safety, shot at the suspect until he was no longer an imminent danger,” a statement from the sheriff’s office said.

Some 15 rounds were in the gun police recovered, and another 30 rounds were in a magazine taken from the subject. A second semi-auto handgun was recovered from inside the vehicle, police said.

EMS soon arrived and transported the man to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery and is in stable condition, police say.

The man shot has prior felony convictions, police say, including home invasion and illegally carrying a concealed weapon. Because he’s a convicted felon, the man is not allowed to possess a gun.

The sheriff’s department has asked the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to launch a nationwide effort to locate the origin of the guns, which were not registered with the state of Michigan.