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Man faces 10 felonies for shooting girlfriend after argument over their relationship, police say

Devonita Blakes accused of shooting girlfriend in shoulder

Devonita Blakes (WDIV)

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – A Clinton Township man is facing 10 felony charges after police say he shot his girlfriend in front of their small child after an argument about their relationship.

A 25-year-old Mount Clemens woman spoke with Macomb County deputies around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday about a fight with her boyfriend police said.

Woman shot

She told officers she had gotten into an argument with her boyfriend, Devonita Blakes, 26, about their relationship, according to authorities.

The woman said Blakes shot her while inside her vehicle with their small child, officials said. The woman had a gunshot wound to her shoulder, police said.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. Her child was no injuries, according to officials.

Shootout with police

Blakes was located at his home in the Harbours Apartments in Clinton Township, police said.

Macomb County deputies and Clinton Township officers said Blakes fired shots at them from inside his apartment. Police said they did not return fire.

Nobody was injured, but an unoccupied Clinton Township squad car was struck, police said.

Blakes eventually walked out of his apartment unarmed after multiple commands from officers, according to authorities.

He was taken into custody and lodged at the Macomb County Jail, officials said.

Felony charges

Blakes was charged Thursday with 10 felony charges -- assault with intent to murder, first-degree child abuse, discharging a firearm in or at a building, malicious destruction of fire or police property, assault with intent to murder and five felony firearm violations.

He was arraigned Thursday at 41-B District Court in Clinton Township and is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Blakes has to wear a tether if released on bond.

He is scheduled to return to court Nov. 27 for a probable cause conference.


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