Police: Suspect flees Pontiac break-in, fights deputy

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A 53-year-old man is facing charges after authorities allege he broke into a Pontiac home, then tussled with an Oakland County Sheriff’s deputy who tried to arrest him.

Deputies were called to an apartment in the 1200 block of Circle Drive about 6 p.m. Tuesday after a neighbor heard a window shatter, there then saw a man leaving, investigators said.

The first deputy on the scene spotted someone matching the suspect’s description walking near Walton and Perry, approached and told him to stop, but the man ran off, sheriff’s officials reported.

As the officer chased him, the suspect “turned around and leveled a shotgun,” authorities said in a statement.

The deputy tackled him to the ground, but the suspect kept resisting. As backup arrived, the eight-year department veteran was forced to use a Taser to control the suspect and take him into custody, according to the release.

Officers recovered two shotguns and a loaded pistol identified as taken from the apartment resident. Blood droplets in the residence and on the broken window glass further linked the suspect, who had a fresh cut on his hand, investigators said Wednesday.

The Saginaw resident was held at the Oakland County Jail. He could be charged with home invasion, carrying a concealed weapon and felonious assault on a police officer, sheriff’s representatives said.