Death at York Creek Apartments ruled a homicide

Kent County

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities have ruled the death of a man whose body was found at an apartment complex north of Grand Rapids a homicide.

Michael Wright, 35, was shot, the medical examiner found.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called to York Creek Apartments in Alpine Township Wednesday morning on a report of a man sleeping in his car. When they arrived, they found he was dead.

Authorities say Wright was shot in the head while in the vehicle.

Investigators say they did not get any calls before the body was found about reports of shots fired or any threats being made.

The sheriff’s department said Thursday it had not identified any suspects or persons of interest, but they do believe the killing to be an isolated incident and don’t believe there is a threat to the community, according to Sgt. Eric Brunner.

“We have no information to think that there is a threat to the community at all. This appears to be an isolated incident,” Brunner said.

Rochelle Staley lives at the York Creek Apartments and could not believe a man was found shot and killed so close to home.

“It’s very difficult to see, you know my kids play outside, so it makes me a little bit more nervous but it’s overall very very safe here,” Staley said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 616.632.6125 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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