HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — One person was taken into custody Friday morning more than five hours after a deadly shooting in Holland.
Holland Department of Public Safety officers were sent to the parking lot of an apartment complex on Abbey Court near Stratford Way around 3 a.m. for a shooting. When officers got there, they saw the suspect running away.
They also found the victim with multiple gunshot wounds in a car. They tried to help but the person was dead. Police have not released any information about the victim’s identity.
Witnesses told investigators that the suspect and victim knew one another. Neither lived in the apartment complex.
Neighbor Caleb Gatling told News 8 his dog was his first indicator something was wrong.
“This morning when I was getting up to take my dog out, she was standing kind of scared. She usually does that when there’s either fireworks or gunshots so I figured something must have happened last night. I thought maybe just a loud banging,” said Gatling. “I bring her outside and then I saw then I saw nine police officers and a police tank, which I had never seen before so that’s when I realized something serious was going on.”
Holland police called in county sheriff’s deputies and Michigan State Police, brought in search dogs and put up drones to look for the shooting. Then they got a call about a suspicious person in the area.
That led them to the suspect in the area of Dartmouth Avenue and E. 12th Street. Just before 8:30 a.m., a News 8 crew in the area saw someone being taken into custody. Police confirmed it was the suspect and said the arrest happened without incident.
The suspect is being held in the Ottawa County Jail on charges of open murder and felony firearms. He is expected to be arraigned Monday.
Gatling said there have been shootings in the area before.
“I heard a shooting last summer sounded like fireworks and quickly realized it wasn’t fireworks and it doesn’t really surprise me that (police) don’t believe that (the suspect and the victim) are from here. People come and go around this area all the time. There’s always a different police car sitting around on the sidewalk trying to see who’s coming in and out,” he said.
The suspect was taken into custody across the street from Holland Heights Elementary. The school was put on a two-hour delay before classes were canceled for the day. Busing throughout the district is back to normal.
People were asked to shelter in place while the search for the suspect was underway. That advisory was later lifted.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Holland Department of Public Safety at 616.355.1100 or by emailing email@example.com. Tips may also be submitted to Silent Observer at 877.887.4536.