PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The man found with a gunshot wound in Walker early Monday was actually shot a few miles north in Plainfield Township, investigators say.
The Kent County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday identified the man who was killed as 36-year-old Howard Michael Anderson of Grand Rapids.
The shooting happened in a home on Pinedell Avenue in the area of West River Drive and Pine Island Drive, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.
“We know that the deceased had visited the home. There was an altercation and during the altercation, the deceased was shot,” Undersheriff Chuck DeWitt told News 8. “After the shooting, he was driven away from the scene.”
The car ended up in the area of Hillside Drive NW and Ferris Street NW, near the old DeltaPlex property, where the driver called 911 around 4:15 a.m.
“It appears (the driver) was unfamiliar with the area,” DeWitt explained. “As a result, they drove him to a location and were able to get help to him at that location.”
Police responded and Anderson was taken to the hospital, where he died. DeWitt said the driver has cooperated with the investigation.
The sheriff’s office said detectives searched the Pinedell address late Monday night.
“Right now, all parties have been identified. We know who they are. And we’re just trying to establish what exactly led up to the shooting,” DeWitt said. “All parties are going to be talking with us and cooperating and at this point, again, we’re trying to put the pieces together.”
He said it would be up to the prosecutor to determine if the shooting was in self-defense or if charges were warranted.