Westland road rage shooting investigation sparks homeowner's anger

Posted at 7:59 PM, Jan 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 20:04:51-05

WESTLAND, Mich. (WXYZ) — A Westland man says he went live on Facebook last night to show what he claims is harassment by police. However, police say how they ended up there was no accident.

Westland police say around 9:30 Wednesday night they responded to a shooting connected to a road rade situation and their investigation led them to a house on Gary.

"I don't know what happened," said Steve Nelson, who recorded the Facebook video. "My son and I were here at my house, all of a sudden there's a plethora of police on my porch, banging on my door."

Westland police say Wednesday night, someone fired at least one gunshot during a road rage incident in the city and their investigation led them to the house where Nelson lives and where he'd been with his son.

"I said no there hasn't been a shooting... nobody's been shot... I didn't hear any shots," Nelson said. "'Well, we need to come in and check.' I said you, 'You need to come back with a warrant,'"

Nelson told police they couldn't enter.

"That's called a constitutional right," Nelson said. "I don't have to let the police in. That's not the America we live in. I have that right."

Nelson believes police are harassing his family because his son was found not guilty six weeks ago in a shooting case where he says his son was railroaded.

"We're scrambling to get my son out of Westland," Nelson said.

So far, Westland police say they have not made any arrests, but their investigation continues.