Carjacking suspect asks Milford police to shoot him

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Oakland County authorities have issued charges against a Detroit man accused of trying to carjack a woman in Milford Wednesday.

Police said the man pleaded with officers to shoot him when they took him into custody.

The incident happened at about 12:28 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Prospect Hill shopping plaza on Highland Avenue near West Summit Street in the Village of Milford, according to officials.

The Oakland County Prosecutor's Office has charged Kamil Charles Gillette, 21, with two counts of carjacking and one count of receiving and concealing stolen property. If convicted on the carjacking charges, he could face up to life in prison. The receiving stolen property charge carries a five-year penalty.

Gillette was arraigned in court on the charges Friday. A judge set his bond at $750,000 and scheduled his next court appearance for March 28.

Police said officers received a 911 call about a man trying to force an elderly woman from her vehicle.

Milford police and Oakland County Sheriff's deputies from the nearby Highland Township station arrived on the scene and found the suspect walking toward a store, officials said.

The man stopped and appeared to be holding an unknown object behind his right leg, police said. Officers later determined the object was a pair of scissors.

Police ordered the man to show his hand and he asked officers to shoot him. He repeated the statement several times, according to officials.

The man refused to comply with the officers' commands and a stun gun was used to subdue him, authorities said.

He dropped the scissors and police took him into custody without further incident. 

Police learned the man's identity and their investigation showed he had stolen a vehicle from the Grosse Pointe area on Tuesday night.

He made his way to Milford, but the stolen vehicle wasn't able to drive any farther, officials said.

They also said he was listed as an endangered missing person in Detroit and he has a history of attempting to get the police to shoot him during mental health episodes and criminal acts.