Police: State senator facing charges after Detroit shooting

A state senator is facing charges after a shooting on Detroit's northwest side. 

Detroit police announced in a news conference Monday morning Senator Virgil Smith is in police custody facing aggravated assault and malicious destruction of property charges. 

Police say the shooting happened at Smith's home in the 18 thousand block of Wexford Street. He is accused of firing what is believed to be a shotgun after a fight with his girlfriend, who is also his ex-wife. Multiple shots were fired and all missed the woman, but hit her car.

Detroit police chief James Craig also said at the conference reports suggesting Smith was missing and uncooperative are false. Craig says Smith has been cooperative with the investigation from the beginning, and that he has received no special treatment. 

"We have treated this case no different than we would any other case involving domestic violence," says Craig. 

A prosecutor's assistance says they do not have a warrant request yet. 

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