- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - A state senator whose family is well-known in Detroit politics was arrested in connection with a shooting at his home involving his ex-wife and her car, police said Monday.

Virgil Smith was interviewed about the early Sunday incident, arrested and remains in custody, Police Chief James Craig said. A gun was also seized.

“There was no special treatment given,” Craig said.

Police gave a report to the prosecutor’s office for possible charges but it was returned with a request for further investigation, said Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for prosecutors.

A message left at Smith’s office seeking comment was not immediately returned. The Detroit News, citing police records about the incident, said Smith admitted to investigators that he fired at his ex-wife’s car during a domestic dispute.

Smith said it was the “most stupid thing in his life,” the report states.

No one was injured in the shooting, although the Mercedes-Benz was hit with gunshots, police said.

Smith, a Democrat, has been in the Legislature since 2003, first serving in the House. He is the son of Virgil Smith Jr., a Wayne County judge and former longtime state lawmaker.

“This is a matter for the police to deal with at this point,” said Amber McCann, spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive. “If the Senate needs to take action, that will be a discussion for a later time.”


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