Man found hiding in garage after pointing gun at Eastpointe cops who tried to use tasers, police say

Deaz Titus Jr. facing 6 charges

Deaz Fitzgerald Titus Jr. is accused of pointing a weapon at Eastpointe police officers on June 15, 2022. (Eastpointe Police Department)

EASTPOINTE, Mich. – A man was found hiding in a garage minutes after he pointed a gun at Eastpointe police officers who were trying to subdue him with tasers, authorities said.

On June 15, Eastpointe police said they were working a special operation with Detroit police and tried to pull over Deaz Fitzgerald Titus Jr.

Titus, 28, of Detroit, was on Gratiot Avenue, north of 8 Mile Road, driving recklessly on a four-wheeler, according to officials.

When the officers approached Titus, they saw what appeared to be a gun in his shorts, they said. As they tried to restrain him, he pulled away, according to authorities.

Police said one officer deployed his taser, and Titus lost his balance. He fell to the ground and began to roll over, officials said.

Titus pulled out the weapon and pointed it at the officers, police said.

A second officer deployed his taser, but that didn’t work, according to officials.

The officers said they took immediate cover but didn’t use lethal force because there was heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the area.

Titus fled on foot into a residential area, authorities said. He was found minutes later hiding in a garage, they said.

Titus was arrested without further incident.

Police said the “illegal firearm” was recovered at the first scene.

Titus was arraigned June 16 in 38th District Court in Eastpointe. He is charged with assault on a police officer, assault with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering, felony in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, and carrying a concealed weapon.

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