Gardner Middle School Assistant Principal Fatally Shoots Himself and Two Others

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

Saturday night, Michigan State Police swarmed a Blackman Township residence as a gunned man shot three people-- then killed himself.

In an exlusive interview with News 10, Lt. Jim Shaw of the Michigan State Police has identified the shooter as Anthony Dixon, 34, of Holt. And Lansing Public Schools say Dixon is one of their own.

"The information the police have given us tells us he's an assistant principal at Gardner Middle School," school district director of public safety Joel Maatman says.

Dixon came to the Blackman Township home in search of his ex-wife, who was inside with her current boyfriend and some family friends. The owner of the home, 40-year-old James Ketchens, met Dixon outside. After a brief altercation, Ketchens was the first to be shot and killed.

"No one ever would have expected this to happen," Maatman says.

Police then say Dixon's ex-wife and others escaped the house unharmed. But around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Dixon shot and killed his ex-wife's boyfriend, 33-year-old George Turner III of Jackson, then shot another unnamed person before turning the gun on himself. Lt. Shaw says it appears as though Dixon died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

Maatman says Dixon has worked for the Lansing Schools for about six years. He calls this "extremely out of character" and "shocking." Maatman says when students return to school on January 8, grief counselors will be available for all the children. Their assistant principal is now dead, bringing two others with him.


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