K-9 takes bite out of crime: Bumbling suspect led away

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Oakland County sheriff’s deputies hoping to clear loiterers from a coney shop in Pontiac got more than they bargained for after witnessing a bumbling gunman fire shots.

In the end, the butter-fingered Pontiac 22-year-old was tackled by a the department’s K-9 and arrested by officers.

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The mischief occurred about 3:30 a.m. Saturday at the Universal Coney on the 850 block of North Perry. Oakland County deputies were watching the shop “due to previous complaints of large crowds loitering after dark,” a statement said. Universal Coney is open 24 hours a day.

Then, gunshots rang out in the southeast part of the parking lot, where deputies saw a muzzle flash and a man shooting a handgun.

The man fled when he saw the deputies approach. He “stumbled and dropped the gun” and tried to pick it up off the ground. Police fired a Taser, but it had no effect. The man tried for the gun again, grabbed it, stumbled again and dropped it again.

Which was ample time for a K-9 to leap in and make the tackle.

Police recovered the semi-automatic handgun he’s accused of firing and “numerous” shell casings from the gun. The gun, police say, was stolen from Clinton Township.

The suspect was treated for his injuries, a bite from the K-9, and taken to the Oakland County Jail, where he remains, pending charges.