Shots fired in cab dispute near East Medical Center, suspects in custody

By Austen Hufford, Daily Staff Reporter
Published August 30, 2012

Two passengers threatened a cab driver with a gun this morning at 8:25 a.m. near the University’s East Medical Center, at the intersection of Plymouth and Dixboro Roads, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Geoff Fox said two unnamed suspects, a male and a female, engaged in a dispute with a cab driver. As a result of the argument, the male suspect allegedly pointed a gun near the taxi driver’s head.

Fox said the suspect fired the gun once, hitting the vehicle’s front window. After a struggle for the firearm, the male and female suspects fled from the cab on foot.

The taxi driver reported the incident to the sheriff’s office at about 8:20 a.m. At 9:20 a.m., the sheriff’s office reported that the suspects were in custody.

The University’s Emergency Alert system was activated to send messages to students, faculty and staff about the incident through e-mail, text messages and Twitter. The first text message sent to students was at 8:50 a.m., 30 minutes after the shots were first reported. At 9:20 a.m., a message was sent out notifying students that all University buildings were secure.