Detroit man found hiding in garage after fleeing officers who deployed taser; Eastpointe police say suspect was driving ATV recklessly

Officer pointing taser at suspect in Eastpointe
Photo credit Eastpointe Police Department

EASTPOINTE (WWJ) – A Detroit man is facing numerous charges after pulling a gun on officers who stopped him while allegedly driving an ATV recklessly last week, according to Eastpointe police.

Officials with the Eastpointe Police Department say officers were working a special operation with Detroit police on June 15 when officers spotted 28-year-old Deaz Titus driving a four-wheeler recklessly on Gratiot, north of 8 Mile Road.

When officers approached Titus, they noticed what appeared to be a gun in his shorts.

As officers tried to restrain him, Titus pulled away, according to police officials. One officer deployed his taser, and Titus lost his balance, fell to the ground and began to roll over.

Authorities say Titus then pulled his gun and pointed it at the officers. A second officer then deployed his taser, but it was ineffective. Officers took immediate cover, but did not use lethal force, due to heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the area, officials said.

Titus then got up and fled the scene on foot into a residential area.

After establishing a perimeter and calling in a DPD K-9 unit, authorities soon found Titus hiding in a garage. He was arrested without further incident and the illegal firearm was recovered at the initial scene, officials said.

Titus was arraigned the following day in 38th District Court in Eastpointe. He has been charged with assaulting a police officer (resisting/obstructing arrest), assault with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition and carrying a concealed weapon.

Deaz Titus
Photo credit Eastpointe Police Department

Authorities did not disclose details about the charge of breaking and entering, or what crimes Titus had previously been convicted of.