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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 , by Magistrate Michael Sawicky, who set a $25,000 bond and ordered the defendant to have no contact with the shooting victim.

According to 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."

sylvia November 05, 2011 at 02:55 AM
How and why did that kid have an AK-47? Did his father know he had it? If so, how come he allowed it?
Jack November 05, 2011 at 09:54 AM
Could have been worse. Ban AK47's
sylvia November 05, 2011 at 10:32 PM
You never know how a fist fight will turn out. Somebody goes down, hits his head the wrong way & sustains permanent damage, others unexpectedly may join in, someone has a knife or a firearm, etc. It's an unpredictable & potentially dangerous way of settling disagreements.
Melissa Hope Bonello November 07, 2011 at 06:23 AM
i went to high school with this guy... still can't believe it.
Ryan B. Okerström November 14, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Of course, someone has to say the inevitable - "Ban AK47's" as if it were the AK47's fault. Guns don't shoot people. People shoot people.
sylvia September 13, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Something's wrong when a teenager "collects" an AK-47. Just because his father collected guns doesn't mean that he knew and/or approved of his teenager owning an AK-47 AND the ammunition for it. Are you going to say that it would be all right with you if your child, still in his teens, wanted to own as AK-47 and the ammo for it?
Joni Hubred-Golden (Editor) November 10, 2012 at 12:11 AM
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