Macomb County Sheriff's deputy involved in shooting with suspected sprinkler system thief

Deputy involved in shooting of suspect trying to steal sprinkler system control valves

By Lauren Podell - Reporter , Halston Herrera - Digital news editor

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A Macomb County Sheriff's deputy was involved in a shooting with a suspect early Tuesday morning.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham tells Local 4 deputies were called at about 2 a.m. to Maplewood Lane, which is in the area of 22 Mile and Romeo Plank roads, on the report from a homeowner that someone was lurking around her home. The man is suspected of stealing sprinkler system control valves.

As deputies were patrolling the area, the suspect was spotted and ordered to stop.

Wickersham said the suspect didn't comply, got into a nearby car and sped off -- hitting a deputy.

The deputy fired two shots at the suspect, hitting him in the arm.

The suspect, a 26-year-old Macomb Township man, was arrested when he crashed his car into a sheriff K-9 vehicle.

The suspect was treated and released from a hospital.

Wickersham said the deputy involved is a 19-year veteran of the department. He was treated for his injuries at a hospital and released. His name was not immediately released.

Wickersham said the suspect faces numerous felony charges, pending his arraignment.

The Sheriff's Department says more than 40 complaints have come in about stolen sprinkler system control valves. They believe the man in custody is responsible for many, if not all, of those complaints.

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