Reward Offered For Pontiac Firefighter Shooting
Police Release Former Employee From Custody

POSTED: 11:34 a.m. EDT April 12, 2004
UPDATED: 11:53 a.m. EDT April 12, 2004

Story by Click On Detroit

-- Pontiac police are offering a reward after a man being questioned about the shooting of a Pontiac firefighter was released.

The announcement of a $1,000 reward by Crime Stoppers for information leading to an arrest for the shooting of 18-year Pontiac Fire Department veteran is expected Monday afternoon, according to police.

Firefighter Art Frantz, 48, was found by his coworkers on the garage floor of Fire Station No. 1, located at 123 E. Pike St., around 6:45 a.m. on April 7, according to Local 4 reports. Investigators believe Frantz answered a knock at the firehouse's side door. When he let the person in, he was shot twice at close range, according to Pontiac police.

Police said a small-caliber weapon was used in the shooting.

Frantz was taken to Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital, but was later transferred to a level-one trauma center out of the area, police said. He was reported in critical but stable condition.

Police said the man who was taken into custody for questioning, Justin Parsons of Waterford Township, recently lost his job with the Pontiac Fire Department.

The Oakland County Building Safety complex -- where Parsons recently worked -- was put on lockdown while police searched for him following the shooting, according to Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. The county's emergency preparedness office also sent out a notice to 4,000 workers to be on the lookout for Parsons. Parsons was reportedly dismissed from the safety department a week prior to the shooting.

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