BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are investigating after a man was shot and killed during a possible attempted robbery near an ATM in Byron Township.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office said shortly after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday that a motorist reported hearing a gunshot while driving on Division Avenue south of M-6.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they found 50-year-old Joseph Wilder of Kentwood in a pickup truck with a gunshot wound in the Russ’ Restaurant parking lot in Gaines Township. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.

An undated courtesy photo of Joseph Wilder.
An undated courtesy photo of Joseph Wilder.

Investigators believe the shooting happened across the street near the Huntington Bank ATM in Byron Township.

No suspect information was released.

The incident remains under investigation.

“Tuesday, May 24 at approximately 10:30 p.m. a man was shot and killed possibly after an attempted robbery. The shooting occurred near a Huntington ATM in Byron Township. Huntington National Bank is working directly with law enforcement as they investigate this incident. Because this is an ongoing investigation we cannot comment further at this time.”

Huntington National Bank

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