SOUTHFIELD (WWJ)- Nearly a year after a deadly shooting, Southfield police have made an arrest in the murder of a liquor store employee.
Police say 48-year old Bruce Butler of Southfield was arrested Friday and charged Saturday with the murder of Mike Khmoro who was shot to death last October while taking out the garbage behind Cronin’s Liquor Store on Northwestern Highway near 12 Mile Road. Butler was charged with first degree murder and felony firearm. If convicted, he faces life in prison without parole.
WWJ spoke with Lieutenant Nick G. Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department. “We believe that the arrested individual was a customer of the store,” said Lt. Loussia.
“It’s been almost 10 months to the day,” Loussia said. “I’m happy for the family, hopefully this can be the beginning of some closure for them, the hardest part for the family was not knowing.”
Lt. Loussia says the department had a lot of help from the public. However investigators aren’t talking about a possible motive because the investigation is ongoing.
Last October, witnesses reported hearing several gunshots in the rear of the parking lot and then saw a black, 4-door, mid-size SUV, possibly a GMC Envoy, leave the parking lot immediately after the shooting.
Butler is scheduled to be back in 46th District Court next Wednesday for a pre-exam.