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Man faces firearms charge in officer’s shooting

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A 39-year-old man was charged with violating federal firearms laws following an incident in which a Highland Park police officer was shot in the leg this week.

On Monday, Michael Anthony Miles Jr. allegedly fired a shot from inside 212 Candler St. in Highland Park as police served a search warrant, according to an affidavit filed Thursday in federal court.

The bullet went through the front window and hit Detective Sgt. Ron Dupuis in the left leg, injuring him.

Dupuis is the officer shown on video with an undercover Grosse Pointe Park sergeant striking 51-year-old carjacking suspect Andrew Jackson Jr., during an arrest in northwest Detroit on Jan. 12 as part of an ACTION jurisdictional stolen car task force.

That incident is being investigated by Michigan State Police, and Wayne County prosecutors have charged Jackson with a number of crimes in connection with the carjacking of a woman and her grandchildren that led to the arrest.

The complaint Thursday is tied to the accusation that Miles, convicted of a controlled substance felony in 1996, was in violation of possessing a firearm, which was manufactured outside Michigan.

During Monday’s shooting, the detective and officersentered the house on Candler and found Miles and another man, Tracey Sampson, lying on the floor. A 9 mm gun was at Miles’ left foot, said John Franklin, special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in an affidavit.

“According to Sampson, he was hanging out at the residence using heroin and Miles was selling heroin to ‘customers,’” Franklin wrote. “Sampson advised that when HPPD initiated their warrant, he observed Miles remove a handgun from his waistband area and fire one shot toward the front window. Sampson then stated that he said ‘that’s the police’ and dropped to the floor.”

Police searched the home and found drugs, drug paraphernalia, four shotgun shells, one spent 9 mm casing and other evidence.

The incident Monday was one of two shootings of Highland Park police officers in a matter of days. Walter Jennings, 35, was charged in the death of Roderick Jones, 33, an off-duty Highland Park reserve police officer shot about 1 a.m. Saturday as he worked security outside the Opyum Bar on the 24500 block of Eight Mile near Telegraph.


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Staff Writer Holly Fournier contributed.