2 dead in apparent murder-suicide north of St Johns

St Johns man dies in suspected murder-suicide
Published: Jun. 14, 2022 at 3:56 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2022 at 6:33 PM EDT
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NORTH SHADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WILX) - Authorities are investigating a Tuesday shooting that left two dead and another wounded.

Deputies from the Gratiot County Sheriff’s Office said they were called to a residence on M-57 in North Shade Township, a community northwest of St Johns, for a homicide.

On arrival they spoke to the caller, a 34-year-old man who lived at the residence. He told them someone had entered his home where he and his 23-year-old girlfriend from Portland, Michigan were sleeping.

Update: Names released in Gratiot County investigation of apparent murder-suicide

Deputies said that’s when the suspect, a 22-year-old man from St. Johns fired one shot that killed the caller’s girlfriend, and one shot grazing the caller’s head. The suspect then turned the gun on himself, fatally wounding himself.

“Evidence shows that the suspect parked his vehicle nearby and walked to the residence,” deputies said. “The suspect then entered the home and shot both the male and the female. The male caller was treated for minor injuries.”

Both the caller’s girlfriend and the suspect were pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the suspect and the woman had been in a previous relationship.

“Names of the deceased are not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin,” deputies said.

The Gratiot County Sheriff’s Office was joined at the scene by Michigan State Police Lakeview, The Michigan State Police Crime Lab, the Clinton County Sheriffs Office and Maple Rapids Rescue.

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