Homicide suspect fires shots at deputies before chase

WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — A homicide suspect is in custody after shooting at deputies then leading them on a chase in Kent County Monday night.

Around 6 p.m., authorities say a man shot another man and a woman near the 2100 block of Mc Ilwraith Street in Muskegon Heights.

The woman who was shot died.

The man who was shot was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Deputy say they tried to pull over the same suspect in northern Kent County around 7:05 p.m. after spotting someone driving the wrong way at a high rate of speed on M-37 near Sparta. As the suspect pulled over, he pointed a gun over his shoulder and fired shots at an approaching deputy, authorities say.

The suspect then took off, leading a chase. Both the Walker Police Department at the Michigan State Police assisted in the pursuit.

During the pursuit, the suspect continued firing shots, hitting a WPD cruiser.

The suspect went onto I-96 heading west in the eastbound lanes. Deputies say they intentionally crashed into the suspect’s car, forcing it off the road, for the public’s safety.

The suspect was then taken into custody without incident. He was not hurt and was transported back to Muskegon County.

A Kent County Sheriff’s Department cruiser intentionally crashes into another car driven by a homicide suspect who took them on a chase that ended on westbound I-96 near Walker Avenue. (Sept. 14, 2020)

News 8 crews on scene saw damaged Kent County Sheriff’s Department cruisers.

Authorities confirm no law enforcement officers were injured during Monday’s incident.

A damaged Kent County Sheriff’s Department cruiser after an incident on westbound I-96 near Walker Avenue. (Sept. 14, 2020)

Both eastbound and westbound I-96 near where the pursuit ended were closed but have since reopened.

Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young says it was a close call for the officers who pursued the suspect.

“We’re very, very luck in all accounts. Obviously, it’s a very dangerous, dangerous circumstance right from the driving to the shots being fired,” LaJoye-Young said. “The suspect definitely needed to be brought into custody tonight. And I’m very proud of the officers involved both from the Walker Police Department but also from the sheriff’s office that they were able to maintain control and bring it to an end without anybody getting hurt.”

Monday night, investigators were still on scene of the homicide in Muskegon Heights.

Police confirmed that the suspect is the male victim’s son. They also say the female victim was the father’s girlfriend.

Police on scene of a homicide in Muskegon County Monday night that happened earlier in the evening. (Sept. 14, 2020)

Neighbors told News 8 they heard the father and son arguing before the shots were fired.

“It’s very disturbing because we’re a close knit neighborhood and we look out for one another and nothing like this has ever happened. It’s usually really quiet. But the guy came out the house, I did see him come out the house. He didn’t seem like he was in his right state of mind. He came out of the house shooting,” one neighbor told News 8.