Highland Park reserve officer under investigation for shooting outside Detroit club

Posted at 8:46 PM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 10:11:42-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — A nightclub security guard allegedly opened fire on a car filled with people in Detroit. Action News has confirmed that the same guard is also a reserve police officer in a nearby community.

Detroit police say things became violent at Views Bar & Grill on Friday night. A security officer in the parking lot opened fire on a vehicle with people inside. Action News obtained new surveillance video showing the fight and shooting.

For Paula Gribble it was deja vu in the most frightening way possible. Across the street from her home near Grand River and Telegraph, she says three gunshots rang out just after 10 p.m. on Friday, March 8. Detroit police say the security guard had started shooting following a dispute over an unpaid bar tab.

“Yeah. I heard 3 shots," Gribble said. "That’s a nightmare. You know and everything that comes along with it.”

Remarkably, no one was struck and no arrests were made. On Monday, Highland Park police confirm that the security guard is also an unpaid reserve police officer and paid code enforcement officer with Community & Economic Development in Highland Park. While he was allowed to work a second job, Highland Park police have launched an internal investigation into the alleged shooting outside the bar.

Highland Park police won't say if the reserve officer is being place on leave or restricted duty. They've also declined an on-camera interview request.