Central States Violent Crime

Police Deploy Tasers on Man Allegedly Armed with a Gun Caught on Camera

Police Deploy Tasers on Man Allegedly Armed with a Gun Caught on Camera

Suspect Deaz Fitzgerald Titus Jr. Credit Eastpointe Police Department

Suspect Deaz Fitzgerald Titus Jr. Credit Eastpointe Police Department

A man who was stopped by police for allegedly recklessly driving a 4-wheeler on Gratiot allegedly pulled a gun on officers during a traffic stop on June 15, Eastpointe police say.

Eastpointe Police and Fire Department Press Release

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On June 15, 2022, while working a special operation with Detroit Police, Deaz Fitzgerald Titus Jr. (28) Detroit, was stopped on Gratiot north of Eight Mile for riding a 4-wheeler recklessly. As the officers approached him, they noticed what appeared to be a firearm in his shorts. As the officers attempted to restrain him, Titus pulled away. One officer deployed his taser. Titus lost his balance and fell to the ground and began to roll over. At this point, Titus pulled out the weapon and pointed it at the officers (see right hand in photo).

A second officer immediately deployed his taser with negative results. The officers took immediate cover but did not use lethal force due to heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Titus got up and fled on foot into a residential area. A perimeter was established and a Detroit Police K-9 was summoned to the scene. Within minutes, Titus was located hiding in a garage and was arrested without incident. The illegal firearm was recovered at the initial scene. Titus was arraigned on June 16, 2022 in the 38th District Court in Eastpointe and was formally charged with the following:

Assault on a police officer (resisting/obstructing arrest)
Assault with a dangerous weapon (felonious assault)
Breaking & Entering
Felon in possession of a firearm
Felon in possession of ammunition
Carrying a concealed weapon

(Titus is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

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