Police: Redford man sexually assaulted mother-in-law, attacked her with bat, assaulted wife, teen

Officers say they shot Norman Muscat in chest after he pointed rifle at them

Redford Township police: Armed man shot by officers

REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A man who was shot by Redford Township police officers last Saturday is accused of sexually assaulting his mother-in-law, attacking her with a baseball bat and assaulting his wife and a teenager, authorities said.

Police said around 2:20 a.m. March 19, they responded to a report of a domestic assault involving a weapon at a mobile home off of Plymouth Road, near Hemingway Road. Officers said they had established a perimeter around the trailer when Norman Louis Muscat, 39, opened the front door with a rifle.

Redford Township police officers fired several shots at Muscat, striking him once in the chest, officials said. He was taken to the hospital and listed as stable on Saturday.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office is accusing Muscat of assaulting and sexually assaulting his mother-in-law, and assaulting his wife and a teenage boy.

According to prosecutors, Muscat assaulted his 44-year-old mother-in-law with a baseball bat, then sexually assaulted her and threatened her with a knife.

Muscat is also accused of assaulting a 14-year-old boy with a bat, and threatening his 32-year-old wife with a knife.

The relationship between the adults and the 14-year-old boy is currently unclear.

Muscat was arraigned Tuesday on the following charges:

  • One count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct
  • One count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct
  • Two counts of second-degree child abuse
  • One count of child abuse -- second-degree committed in the presence of another child
  • Six counts of felonious assault
  • One count of felony firearm

Muscat is being housed in jail and is scheduled to appear in court next on March 29, officials said.

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