LEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man is dead and a suspect has been taken into custody in a homicide investigation south of Pullman, the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office said.
Around 4:45 p.m. Friday, a woman called 911 saying that she had been shot in the head by her ex-husband, according to the sheriff’s office. Arriving deputies found a 21-year-old man dead in the driveway of a residence near 104th Avenue and 56th Street south of Pullman. The woman who had called was found alert but she had been shot several times. She told police that after being shot in her home, she was able to escape to her vehicle to call 911.
The sheriff’s office said the suspect was taken into custody. The suspect has not been identified.
Deputies were initially looking for children who were supposed to be at the home but they were found safe, the sheriff’s office said.
“We are continuing the investigation and don’t believe that there’s any further threats in that area,” Allegan County Undersheriff Mike Larsen said. “However, officers do remain on scene for further investigation.”
The sheriff’s office could not release any information to News 8 about what happened leading up to the homicide.
Skyler Veldhuis says 21-year-old Samuel Williams, who was her friend and worked with her father, was shot in the incident. Veldhuis said Williams’ mom had just secured custody of her younger children and that Williams had gone with her to pick the children up.
“What happened today I’m guessing was out of his control obviously. I’m guessing he was trying to protect his mom as much as possible. He’s a really loving guy … he’s my favorite out of all my dad’s employees,” she said.
Veldhuis says Samuel Williams is a joker who loves to make people smile and does not like conflict of any kind. Investigators have not confirmed the identity of the man who died or his relation to the suspect.
Following the homicide, authorities had been telling people in the area of 56th Street and 104th Avenue south of Pullman to shelter in place, dispatchers said. Allegan County Sheriff Frank Baker said that was no longer necessary and that the scene was “contained.”
Friday night, Deputies blocked 104th Avenue east of 56th Street, which leads to a dirt road surrounded by fields and woods, calling it a crime scene.
A witness saw a number of Allegan County Sheriff’s Office cruisers in the area, which is mostly covered in fields and woods. Another saw a medical helicopter taking off in the area.