Intentionally Discharging a Firearm In Michigan

In People v. Johnson, 54 Mich App 303; 220 NW2d 705 (1974), the Court found that the "intentional discharge of a firearm at someone within range is an assault. The usual result and purpose of such an assault is death." Id. at 304. Where the evidence produced at trial demonstrates that the defendant fired a shotgun at police officers who were chasing him, a jury may reasonably infer a defendant's intent to kill or do great bodily harm. Id. at 304-305. There "would rarely be a conviction if a criminal's intent had to be confessed or proven directly by a witness. Intent, like any other fact, may be proven indirectly by inference from the conduct of the accused and surrounding circumstances from which it logically and reasonably follows." Id. at 304.