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    OU fires Eric Wuestenberg, man involved in racially-charged gun incident

    Oakland University has fired Eric Wuestenberg, the man charged along with his wife in a gun incident with racial overtones outside the Chipotle Mexican Grill in Orion Township.

    Eric Wuestenberg worked in a department that assisted students who are veterans, said OU spokesman Brian Bierley.

    Wuestenberg served in the Air Force from 1996 to 2009, according to a story in the student-run Oakland University newspaper.

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin said in a statement that Wuestenberg had participated in one of her voluntary advisory boards, on veterans’ issues. She said she removed him from the advisory board Thursday.

    The Wuestenbergs, who are white, were charged with felonious assault after a member of an unnamed Black family from Pontiac recorded video on Wednesday, July 1, of Jillian Wuestenberg pointing a gun at the Black family outside the restaurant.

    Eric Wuestenberg also exited the couple’s vehicle with a handgun, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said at a news conference Thursday.

    “We have seen the video and we deem his behavior unacceptable. The employee has been notified that his employment has been terminated by the university,” OU said in a statement late Thursday.

    The Black family and the Wuestenbergs argued outside the restaurant after a member of the Black family demanded an apology from Jillian Wuestenberg for bumping a teenage girl in the group. Both the Wuestenbergs and the Black family accused each other of racism.

    Jillian Wuestenberg told police she exited the couple’s vehicle and pointed a handgun at the Black family after the mother stood behind the van, blocking the Wuestenbergs from leaving. They also said the mother slapped her hand on the back of the vehicle and made threatening statements.

    The Black family told police the mother stepped behind the vehicle and the Wuestenbergs backed into her, Bouchard said.

    Asked if Eric Wuestenberg would have grounds to sue the university for wrongful termination, Bierley said, “You’d have to ask an attorney.”

    Eric Wuestenberg, 42, and Jillian Wuestenberg, 32, of Independence Township, were each charged with one count of felonious assault, a four-year felony.

    They were arraigned late Thursday afternoon before Magistrate Marie Soma in 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills. Both were given a $50,000 personal bond.

    As a condition of the bond they must turn over all firearms, not engage in “assaultive behavior” and not leave Michigan, Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a statement. According to the sheriff’s department, they each have current conceal pistol licenses.

    The Wuestenbergs could not be reached by phone for comment Friday, and it was not clear whether they have attorneys who could comment on the allegations.

    Their next court appearance is a July 14 probable cause conference before Judge Julie Nicholson.

    The video of the incident has gone viral and has prompted thousands of posts on social media supporting either the Wuestenbergs or the Black family.

    source:guide and press

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