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Police Arrest Troy Teen Carrying Loaded Rifle in Downtown Birmingham

According to the Birmingham Police Department, the 18-year-old from Troy was carrying a M1-.30 caliber rifle that was fully loaded with one round in the chamber.

An 18-year-old from Troy, Sean Michael Combs, was arrested Friday night in downtown Birmingham after police found him walking around with a rifle slung across his back.

According to police reports, officers on foot patrol saw Combs with the rifle walking near South Old Woodward and Merrill at around 10:20 p.m.

Officers stopped the man and asked for identification so they could verify if he was old enough to be in possession of the rifle. Birmingham Police Cmdr. Terry Kiernan said adults are allowed to carry firearms in Michigan, though Combs appeared "very young," Kiernan said.

However, police said Combs refused to identify himself, and he was taken into custody for disorderly conduct, brandishing a firearm and obstructing an officer.

Later, police determined the weapon was a M1-.30 caliber rifle that was fully loaded with one round in the chamber. No proof of ownership for the rifle was ever obtained, and Kiernan said the Combs was uncooperative during police questioning. As of Monday, Kiernan said police are not sure of Combs' motives.

Combs posted bond that night and was released. He is scheduled to appear at the 48th District Court at 8:30 a.m. April 25.

Anyone with information about any of this incident may call the at 248-530-1889. 

ronhodgins June 22, 2012 at 04:14 AM
NOt to disway your new found understanding. I might also ask you to see the MSP crime stats that show we have become a polite armed society. with reduced crime.
ronhodgins June 22, 2012 at 04:17 AM
as a former EMS worker most gun crimes are from unlawfully obtained guns, and remember any legal act is just that. your reaching and your dog dont hunt.
ronhodgins June 22, 2012 at 04:23 AM
no they didnt have a right to ask for id, no other probable cause either,
Angelica Anderson October 17, 2012 at 01:46 PM
yeah, People would feel threatened by that but it seems like only mothers are worried about this law that has gone unnoticed. It's silly that people can carry around loaded guns, as if these were battle grounds.
rob December 13, 2012 at 06:32 AM
do dogs scare you as well? might as well outlaw anyone from owning a dog...

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