Detroit Dem. accused of blasting ex-wife’s new Mercedes with a shotgun for Mother’s Day

A Democratic lawmaker was taken into custody in Michigan after blasting his former wife’s brand new Mercedes with a shotgun early Sunday, according to news reports


Detroit police were notified by a woman identifying herself as the girlfriend and ex-wife of state Sen. Virgil Smith, who claimed that Smith had fired a shotgun at her 2015 Mercedes Benz, which was parked outside Smith’s residence, according to The Detroit News.

The incident is alleged to have occurred about 1 a.m., and Smith was taken into custody at about noon, Detroit Police Chief James Craig confirmed to the News.

The woman was reported to have been uninjured, although her vehicle took at least one hit.

Further details were unavailable.

“This is still an ongoing investigation,” said Craig, who declined further comment.

The News reported:

Smith, D-Detroit, represents the 4th Senate District, from the city’s north side, south to Allen Park, Lincoln Park and Southgate. He was re-elected in 2014 to a second four-year term after defeating former state Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Detroit in a hard-fought Democratic primary. He previously served three terms in the Michigan House, following his father, Virgil Smith Jr., into politics.

In 2000, he had an arrest for minor in possession, according to Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams. In February 2004, he had an operating while impaired by liquor offense; in August that year, he faced an operating while intoxicated offense. His license was revoked in 2004, Woodhams said. It was fully reinstated in December 2008.

A spokesman for Smith did not respond to the paper’s telephone and email requests for comments.

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