SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – Investigators say a divorced couple was found dead overnight in Southfield in what’s believed to be a murder-suicide.
Police responded to the Evergreen Meadows condominium complex, along Evergreen Road just south of I-696, around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a call about a man lying on the ground surrounded by glass.
Police Chief Eric Hawkins said officers found a 53-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the head, and a 46-year-old woman with multiple gunshot wounds. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
“From what we can tell, it appears the male pretty much ambushed the female at her home late last night. She appeared to be arriving home and when she was confronted, she appeared to attempt to get back to her car and in fact had gotten into her car when she was shot multiple times by her ex-husband,” Hawkins told WWJ’s Zahra Huber. “She was inside the car and he was right outside the car, within a few feet.”
The couple had been married for about two-and-a-half years and their divorce was finalized within the past few weeks.
Hawkins said family members told officers that the ex-husband had made violent threats over the past year, but those threats were never reported to police.
“The female had move into the condominium complex not too long ago and the male was still in the marital home, which was outside of Southfield,” said Hawkins. “Something happened yesterday and there was some type of dispute between the two.”
Investigators have only a few other details to go on, since no one witnessed the shooting.
“We received some information from some neighbors that they heard something unusual last night but they weren’t sure if it was gunshots or anything else, so we never received a call,” said Hawkins. “We were actually notified by a passerby who saw the male’s body nearby the car.”
An investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 248-796-5500.
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