Michigan state senator charged after allegedly shooting at ex-wife's car

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Posted: May 12, 2015 3:23 PM

By Serena Maria Daniels

DETROIT (Reuters) - A Michigan state senator was charged on Tuesday with multiple crimes after shooting at his ex-wife's Mercedes-Benz outside his house over the weekend, prosecutors said.

Senator Virgil Smith, 35, a Democrat in Michigan's fourth district, which covers part of Detroit and some of its suburbs, was due to appear in court for arraignment later on Tuesday on charges of felonious assault, malicious destruction of property valued at $20,000 or more, domestic violence assault and battery and a felony firearm charge.

At about 1 a.m. on Sunday, Smith's ex-wife, also 35, came to his home and found another woman there. Smith assaulted his former wife and, using a rifle, fired several shots at her 2015 Mercedes-Benz, prosecutors said.

"The alleged actions of Senator Smith cannot and will not be tolerated," Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement.

Smith has been arrested and is being held in jail pending the arraignment, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Smith's attorney was not immediately available for comment.

(Editing by Fiona Ortiz and Peter Cooney)