Plymouth man charged after alleged assaults, standoff

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 25-year-old man has been arraigned for his alleged role in a Sunday morning standoff with the Plymouth Police Department, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced.

Authorities allege that Daniel Jacob Howard, 25, of Plymouth was at his mother’s home on the 9000 block of Tavistock, just hours into Mother’s Day at 2:50 a.m. Sunday, when he had an argument with his girlfriend. Police said he physically assaulted both his mother and his girlfriend, pulled out a gun, fired a shot into a basement wall, then pointed the gun at his head and left the home, while the two women stayed inside.

While outside, Howard is alleged to have fired a shot into the air. He drove off. But as he was leaving, authorities say, he shot once at the back window of his girlfriend’s car.

Plymouth police got involved, following Howard to Interstate 275. Howard allegedly crashed his car into the median at I-96 and Newburgh, where police say he fired another shot into the air and threatened again to shoot himself.

After a two-hour standoff, police took Howard into custody.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Howard with discharge of a firearm in a building, discharge of a firearm in a motor vehicle, fleeing — third degree, carrying a concealed weapon in a motor vehicle, resisting and obstructing the police, felony firearm, and two counts of domestic violence assault and battery.

Howard was arraigned Monday before Judge James Plakas in the 35th District Court, and received a $100,000 cash-or-surety bond. His probable cause conference is set for May 20 at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Michael Gerou, and his preliminary exam is May 27 at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Ronald Lowe.