Police ID Belding shooting victim, no charges at this time

Posted at 9:57 AM, Oct 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-21 09:57:14-04
Eric Harrington, 35 (Facebook).

Eric Harrington, 35 (Facebook).

BELDING, Mich. — Police have now identified the man shot and killed in his home early Wednesday.

Eric Harrington, 35, was shot to death inside his home in the 1400 block of Oakwood Street around 5:00 Wednesday morning.

The woman shooter, who police said called 911, remained inside the home until authorities arrived and was willingly taken into custody.

Belding police told FOX 17 they are holding the woman for questioning but said she has not officially been arrested and investigators are calling her a person of interest, not a suspect at the time.

1400 block of Oakwood St in Belding.

1400 block of Oakwood St in Belding.

The woman is said to be fully cooperating with investigators, according to police.

It still remains unclear if she will face charges in the case, but the woman will likely remain in police custody overnight, Belding Police Chief Dave Nelson told reporters Wednesday.

Nelson said investigators are still working to determine if a crime actually occurred and are waiting to review all evidence and toxicology reports before making a final decision on charges.

“As with any investigation sometimes they present very well and everything falls in line where it should be.," he said "But with this particular case there’s some extra evidence that needs to be processed and the prosecutor does not want to make that decision until everything is reviewed.”

A young child was also in the home at the time of the shooting but was unharmed and is now 'safe,' according to Nelson.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting have not been released.

Nelson reiterated to media Wednesday this homicide is an isolated and rare occurrence for the community.

“It is an odd case," he said. "Belding is a safe community and this is an isolated incident."

Neighbors told FOX 17 a man and woman lived at the home, but their relationship was unclear. Police would not confirm that nature of their relationship either.

Nelson did confirm the woman taken into custody is the mother of the child who was in the home at the time of the shooting.

An autopsy for Harrington is scheduled for Thursday morning.