According to Detroit police, State Sen. Virgil Smith was arrested this weekend on suspicion of aggravated assault and malicious destruction of property.
The arrest comes after the senator allegedly fired shot’s home at 1 a.m. on Sunday. Smith told police his ex-wife was banging on his bedroom window in the middle of the night, according to documents obtained by The Detroit News.
Charges against Smith have not been officially filed.
Smith, who was in his bedroom with his girlfriend, opened the front door and an altercation ensued. Smith alleges his ex-wife “pushed” her way into the home. The ex-wife contends Smith answered the door naked and started to beat her with “closed fists,” before chasing her outside the home.
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Smith allegedly fired several shots at his ex-wife’s car, though it’s unclear how close the woman was to the vehicle or if she was Smith’s intended target. Smith told police firing the shots was “most stupid thing” he’s done in his whole life.
Although Detroit Police Chief James Craig would not release details about the case, he would say that they had recovered a weapon at Smith’s home.
“We did recover a weapon. It’s unknown if that weapon was used in the malicious destruction of property,” he said on Monday when he addressed the media.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has requested further investigation following the warrant request received by the office on Monday. As the investigation continues, Smith is cooperating fully.
“The Senator has been cooperative with our investigation since the beginning,” said Craig. “He is still in custody.” Craig also said that, to his knowledge, this was the first time his department has dealt with Smith.
In the meantime, Smith’s girlfriend, an Ann Arbor businesswoman, has not returned calls requesting comment on the matter.