Fake gun leads Inkster police to fire shots, police say

A man faces 15 felony charges after police say he brandished a fake gun and Inkster police opened fire.
Brian Castle, 32, of Inkster was taken into custody following the incident about 6 p.m. Aug. 8, Inkster Police Chief William T. Riley III said.
Riley said Castle pointed the real-looking fake gun at an officer and later made a comment that he was trying to get police to shoot him. The case was turned over to Michigan State Police for investigation.
State Police determined that Castle drove into the Inkster Police Department parking lot and struck a light pole on a cement barrier, MSP First Lt. Michael Shaw said.


Castle then pulled a gun from the vehicle that was later determined to be fake, Shaw said. Castle then walked toward a citizen while pointing the gun at them, before running across Michigan Avenue with four Inkster officers in pursuit.
“The subject ran north on Fairbairn (Street) where one officer fired two rounds from his handgun without striking the subject,” Shaw said.
Castle continued to run north until an Inkster officer deployed his Taser and Castle was taken into custody, Shaw said.
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Castle was then petitioned to a hospital, where he still was receiving mental health treatment as of Wednesday, Shaw said.
No one was injured in the shooting, officials said.
More information was not immediately available from MSP, but Riley said Castle pointed his fake gun at the officer before the officer fired shots from his real gun.
The fake looked like the real thing until closely inspected, Riley said.
“It looked exactly like a 9mm (handgun),” he said. “It’s chrome-top and all, so all (the officer) knew at the time when that guy pointed the gun at him, it was a real gun … Had he had pointed at me, I’d have done the same thing.”
Riley also said Castle had driven the wrong way on Michigan Avenue before totaling the car in the crash, where it went up in flames and alerted Inkster Police.
He also said Castle dropped his fake gun before the Taser was deployed and later told officers he was attempting death by police.
“We’re hoping that he’ll get that proper care,” Riley said of the mental health concerns.
Castle was arraigned Wednesday in Inkster’s 22nd District Court on four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of carrying a weapon with unlawful intent, three counts of resisting or obstructing police, and seven counts of possessing a pneumatic weapon in the commission of a felony.


A pneumatic weapon, such as a pellet or BB gun, uses air pressure to fire projectiles.
Castle was given a cash bond of $50,000 and assigned a public defender, the court confirmed.


The public defender could not be reached for comment.
Castle is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on Aug. 19.
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