Washtenaw Country Sheriff Jerry Clayton released the following statement today, acknowledging that, yes, a lot of shots have been fired at people these last few weeks, but explaining that they were probably shot at for a reason. From what I understand, our Ypsi Police Chief has yet to make a public statement on the matter, which seems odd, seeing as how at least three or four of the shootings are alleged to have taken place within City limits. Here’s Sheriff Clayton.
Over the last several weeks Washtenaw County has had several shootings. These events have not been confined to one jurisdiction and fortunately have not resulted in any deaths. Understanding that an educated community is our best partner it is important that you be made aware of each incident and understand how you may be helpful.
Currently, this is our number one priority and you should know that all available resources within our agency and partner agencies are being utilized. One of the many values of the Sheriff’s Office is our ability to reallocate staff from other areas in order to fight crime where it is needed most.
Although we have had a number of incidents throughout the county it should be noted that these have not been random. Meaning, it appears that there have been clear targets of this senseless violence. It should also be noted that several of these confrontations appear to be related.
Currently, our detectives are working tirelessly to identify those criminals responsible for these senseless crimes and we will continue to keep the public updated as additional information is available and arrests are made.
We appreciate the information and tips that have already been shared with our detectives and would ask anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak UP or our office tip line at 734-973-7711.
For more information visit us on the web at www.WashtenawSheriff.org or on Facebook at Washtenaw Sheriff.
Here, for those of you who are interested, are some of the relevant headlines from AnnArbor.com, who you can always count on for a paragraph or two whenever someone’s shot in Ypsi.
Two college students shot in Ypsilanti Township, deputies say
Shots fired at Ypsilanti Township home, deputies say
Ypsilanti man tells police he was shot in the leg while leaving area bar
Ypsilanti residents awake to sound of stray bullet breaking through their window
Woman wounded in arm in shooting in Ypsilanti Township
Ypsilanti police investigate shooting on West Michigan Avenue