ROYALTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A chase involving deputies ended in a crash that killed three people and critically injured a fourth in Berrien County Sunday.
The incident started around 5:10 a.m. in Lincoln Township, where several guns were stolen from Black Arsenal Gun Store. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office says an SUV matching the description of one linked to that break-in was spotted on eastbound I-94 just before 5:30 a.m.
When a deputy tried to pull the SUV over near Niles Road, southeast of St. Joseph, the driver pulled over then sped off. The deputy turned on his lights and siren and gave chase.
The chase continued on eastbound I-94 before the vehicle exited at M-139 and turned south toward Scottsdale. The driver then lost control and the vehicle struck a large tree north of Rockery Weed Road in Royalton Township, near the community of Hollywood.
There were four people in the suspect vehicle at the time of the crash. Three people were pronounced dead at the scene. One person was taken the hospital.
The three people killed were later identified by authorities as driver Jamahri Jayshaun Fuller, 20, 17-year-old Davion Marquez Patton and 17-year-old Allan Trevon-James Velox. All three were from Benton Harbor.
The person injured was identified as 17-year-old Anton Duran Morgan, also of Benton Harbor, who was listed in critical condition at a Grand Rapids hospital Sunday evening.
The sheriff's office offered condolences to the families.
Authorities say eight guns — three pistols, a shotgun and five rifles — stolen from Black Arsenal were found at the crash scene.
The deputies involved have been placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is under investigation, which the sheriff's office said is standard procedure.
MSP is leading the investigation in the pursuit and crash.