Ex-con running from cops knew he picked the wrong home to ask for help when an off-duty cop answered the door

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HARPER WOODS, MI – A man fleeing Michigan state troopers ran to a home in hopes of finding a helpful resident to call his girlfriend to come pick him up. 

What he found was a homeowner who just happened to be an off-duty officer, who works for the nearby Westland Police Department. Both towns are Detroit suburbs. 

The ordeal happened around 2:45 pm on Christmas Day. 

Michigan State Police spotted a Chevy Silverado moving at high speed and began the pursuit. The driver entered and then exited eastbound Interstate 94 in an effort to evade the pursuing troopers. 

The truck ran a red light and was able to put distance between himself and officers. The patrol vehicles broke off and did not continue pursuit. The suspect vehicle continued to travel on the service road, Harper Avenue. 

A short while later, troopers saw a vehicle accident at Harper and Vernier. One of the vehicles involved was the Silverado that they had pursued earlier. The driver fled the scene on foot. 

Harper Woods police arrived to begin a search using the assistance of a K9 unit.  

While the search was ongoing, the suspect approached a home and made contact with the owner. He asked if he could borrow a phone to call his girlfriend, who happened to own the truck he had just wrecked. 

The homeowner then identified himself as a police officer and detained the man. He called the Harper Woods police. He turned the suspect over to them upon their arrival. 

It turns out the 38-year-old suspect was an ex-con. He was found in possession of a stolen firearm, which had been reported stolen in Tennessee.

He is currently being held in the Detroit Detention Center while the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office works on issuing a warrant.

Meanwhile, 125 miles west of that incident and two days prior, homeowners in Battle Creek were grateful that their doors were locked. A man on the run from police tried to enter their home in an attempt to escape pursuing officers. 

That man, 44-year-old Brian Douglas Laxton, was eventually shot and killed by police as he continued to try gaining access to the residence.

Officers instructed him to drop his weapon, but instead, he turned the weapon towards the officers. Sgt. Christof Klein opened fire on the suspect. Laxton was pronounced dead at the scene.  

What started as an attempted routine traffic stop for no license plate, Laxton refused to pull over.

Three different agencies joined in the pursuit. Laxton reached speeds of 120 miles per hour. The chase ended when a Calhoun County deputy ran into the fleeing vehicle at the corner of Oakhill and Willow. 

“We have a big view in our window of Main Street,” homeowner Amy Garrett said.

“We saw all the cops going and chasing, we thought something was going on downtown. All of a sudden, we heard the cops come up Willow Street. He stopped at the corner and hit the car, t-boned him, and the guy jumped out on the passenger side.

He ran over to our yard and jumped our fence here. He opened the door and was trying to get into our back door which I lock every time. He tried getting in and they shot at him.

I said they were, ‘shooting, shooting, shooting!’ and my husband pulled me back from the kitchen and we were trying to hide in the dining room. The glass is broken on the window, there’s damage, and my screen door is broken and shattered too.”

Ex-con running from cops knew he picked the wrong home to ask for help when an off-duty cop answered the door
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With their home now a crime scene, Garrett, who doesn’t know the deceased, was shaken up over the incident. But she had a message for people to heed. 

“It’s a great idea to lock your doors no matter what,” she said. “No matter what neighborhood you’re in. The way the world is today, it’s crazy. You’ve got to lock your doors.”

According to WWMT, the Michigan State Police has taken over the investigation into the officer involved shooting.

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San Diego resident fatally shoots home invader – five accomplices charged with murder

SAN DIEGO, CA – A San Diego resident shot and killed a man during a home invasion early Wednesday, and a group suspected of carrying out the robbery was arrested a short time later.

The shooting in the 300 block of Moonstone Bay Drive, near Libby Lake Park, took place at about 1:15 a.m. on November 10, according to the Oceanside Police Department.

Police say the group, at least one of whom was armed with a gun, broke into the home and encountered the homeowner. Armed with his own firearm, the homeowner exchanged fire on the intruders.

Oceanside Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Atenza said:

“The resident reached for the firearm and then shots were fired. We know that at least one of the suspects was armed and returned fire.”

One intruder was struck by gunfire and collapsed at the scene. The other suspects fled the scene.

Officers responding to reports of gunfire arrived to find a 31-year-old suspect mortally wounded in the residence, Atenza said. The man, whose name was withheld pending family notification, died at the scene.

Officers in the area of the shooting stopped a suspicious vehicle and detained five occupants, including 29-year-old Deshawn Ingram, who was suffering from a gunshot wound.

Ingram was transported to an area hospital where he was admitted in stable condition. Atenza said the nature of the gunshot wound was being investigated:

“It is unknown at this time if the (home-invasion victim) shot the… suspect who is currently in the hospital, or if this suspect was shot by one of the other suspects, who were also armed with a gun.”

Each of the suspects has been charged with robbery and murder.

Even though no one in the group is suspected of shooting the man who died at the home, the San Diego County District Attorney’s office was pursuing the murder charges because he died in commission of a felony that the group engaged in, OPD spokesperson Jennifer Atenza explained.

The other suspects charged in the case are 21-year-old Eric Dunnigan, 21-year-old Michael Simmons, 24-year-old Jaylen Harvey, and 25-year-old Sydni Tucker.

Police said Ingram, who was recently convicted of assault with a firearm and was out on bond and awaiting sentencing at the time of the shooting, will be charged when his condition permits.

The homeowner was not injured during the home invasion. Police said there would be no charges against the homeowner for the shooting.

Atenza asked anyone with information about the crime to contact Detective Ryan Malone at 760-435-4537 or the agency’s anonymous tip line at 760-435-4730.

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