Farmington Hills Teen Faces Felony Charges After Shooting Former Friend
Police say an argument between two teenagers escalated to the point of serious injury.
A 17-year-old Farmington Hills resident has been arraigned on charges stemming from a shooting incident that seriously injured his 18-year-old former friend Thursday night.
Ronald Christian Kamm faces charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, a 2-year felony. He was arraigned Friday at the 47th District Court, by Magistrate Michael Sawicky, who set a $25,000 bond and ordered the defendant to have no contact with the shooting victim.
According to Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus, dispatchers received three 911 calls Thursday around 8:44 p.m. and arrived at a home on Linden St., where the injured 18-year-old was on the front porch. Through a window, officers said they saw Kamm inside and held him at gunpoint, until they were able to get into the home and take him into custody.
Nebus said six or seven witnesses told police that the two young men had been friends, but had a falling out a few weeks ago that led to verbal exchanges. The 18-year-old came to the Linden St. residence Thursday evening, and the two youths agreed to go out onto the front lawn to have a fist fight, Nebus said, adding that witnesses told police they thought that ended the problem.
Kamm walked back to the house, the 18-year-old followed, and there was another verbal exchange, before the shooting, Nebus said. He added that Kamm's father was in the house, but in another room, when he heard the shot. He took the AK-47 from his son, Nebus said.
While it might have been possible for police to de-escalate the situation if officers had been called when the fight broke out, Nebus said, "we probably understand" why no one made that call. "These guys were such good friends, no one probably thought it was going to escalate that way," he said.
"This is one more of the examples we see that violence doesn't solve any problems," Nebus said. "You don't ever expect it's going to escalate to the next level ... then it does, and somebody ends up with a life-long injury."