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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Detroit Man Charged in Non-Fatal Shooting at Domino's Pizza

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Devante Algin Norfleet, 26 (DOB: 12/01/1992), of Detroit, in connection with a non-fatal shooting incident. On January 15, 2019 at 11:28 p.m. at a Domino's Pizza located in the 10400 block of McNichols, it is alleged that Norfleet became upset that his pizza was not ready. After speaking with a manager about a refund, he left the business. Once outside it is alleged that he pulled out a gun and shot through the front window, causing it to shatter. Two workers were in the area when he fired the shots. Norfleet fled from the location after the shooting, but was taken into custody on January 18, 2019.

Norfleet has been charged with one count of Discharging a Weapon at a Building, two counts of Felonious Assault, and three counts of Felony Firearm.* He was arraigned out-county on January 20, 2019 in 34th District Court. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for January 30, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.; the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for February 6, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Both hearings are before Judge Cylenthia Miller in 36th District Court. Norfleet received a $30,000/10% bond.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Jimi Pierowich - Defendant charged in the pedestrian crash killing retired Sterling Heights Police Department Sgt. Daryl Y. Brown. The Preliminary Examination was held today and the defendant was bound over as charged with OUIL Causing Death and OUI Second Degree.* The defendant's bond was increased from $15,000 /10% to $500,000 cash/surety, no 10%. The Arraignment on the Information is scheduled for January 29, 2019.

Westland Jail Death Case - Westland Sergeant Ronald Buckley, (DOB: 09/12/1964), and Westland Paramedics Matt Dicosola, (DOB: 06/20/1968), and Leah Maynard, (DOB: 02/14/1982), charged in connection with the in-custody jail death of William Marshall, (DOB: 04/13/1982), of Inkster, had their preliminary examinations on December 17, 2018. Today the judge ruled that the Manslaughter charges would be dismissed for all three defendants. The judge ruled that the prosecution had not presented sufficient evidence to show that the defendants' actions were the cause of Mr. Marshall's death. All of the defendants were bound over on the Misconduct in Office charge. The Arraignment on the Information is scheduled for January 29, 2019. WCPO will determine whether an appeal will be filed

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

WCPO Town Hall Meeting - Please be advised that the Town Hall Meeting this evening at the Detroit Edison Public School Academy on1903 Wilkins Street in Detroit has been cancelled due the weather. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to participate. A new date will be announced in the future.

WCPO Denies Inkster Homicide Warrant

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office has denied a warrant request in connection with the homicide of Ali Salman, also known as Ali Al Tameemi, 34, of Dearborn, because the 25-year-old suspect acted in lawful self-defense.

On Saturday, January 19, 2019 at approximately 3:18 p.m., the Michigan State Police were called to investigate the homicide of Mr. Salman that occurred near a gas station located in the 28470 block of Michigan Avenue in Inkster. Mr. Salman died from a gunshot wound to the head. Witnesses at the scene were interviewed, and surveillance video was reviewed, in connection with the shooting. The initial dispute between the men occurred over a parking space.

The investigation of this case revealed that the 25-year-old man was the initial aggressor because he punched Mr. Salman in the upper body but did not cause him to fall to the ground. However, the man retreated and did not have a weapon drawn. Mr. Salman had his gun drawn, when he chased and pointed his weapon at the 25-year-old and confronted him. It was only after the gun was pointed at him that the younger man pulled out his weapon and fired shots at Mr. Salman. This is confirmed by video evidence.* The 25-year-old man remained on the scene until the police arrived and surrendered his hand gun.

Although the 25-year-old threw the first punch, he retreated and did not draw a weapon. Mr. Salman chased the 25-year-old man with his weapon drawn and pointed at the man. The Michigan law of self-defense is applicable in this case. The 25-year-old had the right to use deadly force to defend himself because he had a reasonable belief that imminent death or great bodily harm would occur. For this reason the warrant has been denied.

*Note: Some media reports have said that the victim lost control of his gun that fell to the ground and his attacker picked it up. This information is erroneous and is not based upon the facts and evidence in the case.