Thursday, July 16, 2020

Murder-suicide, mall shooting investigations continue

Westland police are continuing to investigate two shootings, including an apparent murder-suicide, that both took place in the city July 5.
Officers were dispatched to Westland Mall July 5 after receiving reports of shots having been fired.
Witnesses told the responding officers that two or three Black men began arguing inside a perfume store in the mall.
One of the men pulled a handgun and fired two shots at one of the others, witnesses said.

All the individuals involved fled the mall on foot, they said.
Police said that there appeared to be no injuries in the incident which remains under investigation.
Westland officers said they were assisted by numerous neighboring agencies in efforts  to search and secure the scene.
The same morning, officers responded to the area of 37456 Willow Lane in the Willow Creek Apartment complex after receiving  an OnStar panic button notification. 
Upon arrival, officers discovered Deandree Watson, 30, of Detroit inside his vehicle, the apparent victim of a homicide. 
During the investigation, officers entered a nearby apartment where they discovered the body of Deontez Jones of Westland, who was deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Watson, a University of Michigan graduate, was reportedly going to law school this fall. He had worked for Detroit City Councilman James Tate as a policy analyst.
These incidents appear to be connected as the men were known associates, police said.
Westland investigators are continuing the ongoing investigation.