Man linked to GR death investigation dies after arrest

Grand Rapids
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police say a man who was wanted for questioning in the homicides of a grandmother and her 2-year-old grandson has died in custody.

Norman Dennis Muhammad Jr. was pronounced dead on Friday after spending seven days at the hospital following his arrest. A medical examiner found his preliminary cause of death to be a natural disease aggravated by physical activity, police said in a release.

Officers arrested Muhammad on a warrant on Feb. 9 at an apartment complex in the 4700 hundred block of S. Breton Ct. SE in Kentwood. He was also wanted for questioning in the murders of 46-year-old Germaine Bulloch-Brown and her grandson, 2-year-old King Talbert.

Police said law enforcement units surrounded outside of an apartment that Muhammad was believed to be in. Officers gave loud verbal commands to a person fleeing, who was positively identified as Muhammad, to stop.

Muhammad continued to flee into a nearby wooded area and ended up in a ravine before police caught him, police said.

Within minutes of being taken into custody, Muhammad complained of illness. He was escorted out of the woods and placed on salt bags in a nearby parking lot to wait for medical crews, at which point he passed out. He was taken to the hospital.

An autopsy was performed Saturday, and the medical examiner said there was no sign of traumatic injury or that Muhammad had ingested anything toxic.

Police are still investigating the murders of Brown and King.

**Correction: A previous version of this article referred to Muhammad as a person of interest in the double homicide. Police had not described Muhammad as a person of interest, though he was wanted for questioning in the case. We have updated the article to remove that term. 

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