Police Call Shooting Murder-Suicide

By: Natalie Shepherd
By: Natalie Shepherd

East Lansing Police say a shooting that left two men dead is a murder-suicide. Police were called after students at the Institute of Traditional Asian Martial Arts found the two men after noon on Thursday. Police say 32-year-old Chris Emmerth of Lansing was distraught over a recent break-up with his girlfriend. She was a student at the dojo. Police say Emmerth believed she was having a relationship with instructor and owner at the studio, Jeffrey Friedlis.

Police say there was a struggle between the two men, after which Emmerth shot Friedlis and then turned the gun on himself. Students at the martial arts studio remember Friedlis as someone who followed the disciplines and principles of martial arts. Friedlis' wife of seven years is due to give birth to their first child this spring.

Emmerth worked at the Captial Area District Library, where employees remember him as a friendly man and a good worker.

Police say they are essentially done with their investigation but are following up with some witnesses.


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