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22-year-old man facing charges in Detroit 'paintball war' cries in court

Posted at 6:49 PM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-28 16:54:09-04

A 22-year-old Detroit man is getting a tough lesson in consequences after police say he used a paintball gun to shoot an unmarked police car. 

On one street alone, investigators say about 50 people were involved in what's been called a "paintball war" Wednesday night. 

Davon Williams allegedly shot in the direction of a police captain who was responding to the area in his unmarked police vehicle, striking the vehicle 11 times. 

"This paint up, guns down is not a great idea at all," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

Craig said the use of paintball guns on city streets is not a suitable alternative to gun violence, and he hopes anyone interested in combating violence will reach out to the department for ways to help. 

This weekend Detroit Police will also be cracking down on anyone shooting paintball guns. 

Police officials say this week alone they've responded to nearly 100 calls for service involving paintball guns and property damage. 

Williams has been charged with two misdemeanors including assault. His bond was set at $30,000, but he can be released if just 10% of that is posted. 

Click on the video to hear from Detroit Police about the risks involved in shooting paintball guns on city streets.