Southfield police: Teens fired paintballs at bicyclist, officer's SUV

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – A Southfield police SUV was hit by paintball shots early Wednesday morning on 10 Mile Road near Lahser Road.

A person on a bicycle first called 911 to report someone had just driven by and shot them with a paintball gun. It was the officer responding to that call who had his SUV hit by the paintballs, too.

Two teens were hiding in a parking lot nearby. Police found them and the paintball guns, which are called ER2 guns.

An 18-year-old man from Oak Park and a 17-year-old boy from Southfield were arraigned Wednesday on misdemeanor assault and battery charges along with destruction of property charges.

The person on the bike was not injured.

One of the teens was out late driving his mother's car and firing paintballs at people.

Police said the teens were lucky someone didn't think they were firing a real gun and then firing a real gun back at them.

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