Police seek 2nd person of interest after man shot, killed in South Haven

Van Buren County

An undated photo of Tiah Deshon-Juanita Sutton. (Couresy: South Haven Police Department)

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — A person of interest has been found in the shooting death of a man in South Haven. A second person is still being sought.

The South Haven Police Department Chief Natalie Thompson said officers were called to the area of LeGrange Street near Elkenburg Street shortly between noon and 12:30 p.m. Thursday on a report of shots fired and one person injured. Once there, they found a man dead in an SUV.

The victim has been identified as Shondel Solomon Newell, 41, of Covert.

Thompson said the shooting didn’t happen the same place the SUV was found. She said the victim drove after being shot and then crashed near a Pizza Hut along LeGrange.

The scene of a deadly shooting in the area of LeGrange and Elkenburg streets in South Haven on July 8, 2021.

Thompson said information from witnesses and surveillance video led investigators to identify two persons of interest; one was taken into custody for questioning. Police are still working to find the second person, Tiah Deshon-Juanita Sutton, 23, of South Haven.

The suspect vehicle has been found, police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call SHPD at 269.637.5151; tipsters can remain anonymous. Thompson said some tips have already come in. People may also contact Van Buren County dispatch at 269.657.3101.

“Any information, no matter how insignificant someone thinks it is, please call us because it can all help us with the case,” she said. “…For the sake of the family, to help us bring the people to justice who took their loved one from them.”

She said a nearby school locked down for a time shortly after the shooting, but the lockdown was lifted once police confirmed there was no immediate threat.

Thompson said Thursday’s case marks only the third homicide in the city in her about three decades with the department. The last two were in August of last year and about 15 years before that.

Several surrounding agencies assisted at the scene.

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