Investigation Ongoing For Norvell Township Shooting

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

Ruth Potter was cooking in her home on Wamplers Heights Drive, Saturday, when she heard gunshots. Initially, she thought they were from duck hunters, but as Potter would soon find out from her neighbor, they were much more.

"The neighbor ran over to me and said there had been a shooting," said Potter. "He yelled at me to call 911 and I did."

When police arrived on scene, they found 49-year-old Robert Marcyan of Dearborn already dead. He had been shot in the face and his car was stolen by the 33-year-old suspect.

"We got the vehicle description and pretty soon, units were able to see the vehicle and witnessed it crash in the area of Hardcastle and Horning Road," said Jackson County Sheriff, Steven Rand.

Rand says the suspect, who is also from Dearborn, then ran into a swampy area. After emerging, he stole another car from a home on Fay Lake Road and police caught up with him on Austin Road.

After two hours, and with the help of 'stop sticks', the suspect surrendered himself to police.

Although Sheriff Rand says he hoped the suspect would be arraigned, Monday, the investigation is ongoing and detectives are still figuring out the charges.

Rand also says he believes the victim and the suspect knew each other before Saturday's shooting.

"It does appear at this point in time that they were acquainted," said Rand. "Not closely acquainted, but they did know each other."

Marcyan's twin brother, Richard, was also at the scene of the shooting when it happened, but was not injured.

As for why three Dearborn natives were in Jackson County, Rand says many of the area's lake houses are vacation homes and people come in from out of town all the time.

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