Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Michigan: Homeowner shoots man in Flint's first homicide

Flint, Michigan

From the Flint Journal of March 16, 2008
Homeowner shoots man in Flint's first homicide

The city's first homicide of the year occurred Saturday morning when police said a 72-year-old man shot his 37-year-old housemate in the stomach.

Police were called to the scene about 7 a.m. and found Jonathon Joseph Stevens dead on the sidewalk next door to the home where he'd been living. Police have not released the name of the accused shooter.

Flint police Sgt. Roderick LeGardye said Stevens and the older man got into an argument early Saturday morning inside the home at 2518 Bagley St. During the fight, Stevens allegedly hit the elderly man with a large wooden stick. The 72-year-old then pulled out a gun and shot the victim at least once in the stomach, LeGardye said.

Stevens tried to run away but collapsed on the sidewalk. The suspect was taken to Hurley Medical Center with head injuries. He is not expected to be taken into police custody pending further investigation, LeGardye said.

"Right now, we're unsure what they were fighting about," LeGardye said.

LeGardye said Stevens was living in the older man's home but did not know their relationship. Stevens' wife had recently moved in and was at the home when the shooting occurred.

This has been the first time in years Flint has gone more than two months into a new year without a homicide.


**Update April 15, 2008**
Housemate slaying was self-defense: no charges

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