Police: Suspect in standoff, double-killings found dead in apartment

Posted at 5:41 PM, Sep 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-23 13:36:25-04

WYOMING, Mich. — Kent County Undersheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young tells FOX 17 the suspect in a standoff in Wyoming and also the death of a Spencer Township couple has been found dead in an apartment.

His name had not been released at the time, nor have the names of the victims.

The day started with Kent County deputies being called to the 1000 block of Rooksby Street NE in Spencer Township by a family member saying they had gone to the house, but the couple inside did not respond. They went inside and found one person dead. Deputies arrived and went in the house and found the second person also deceased.

Kent County Undersheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young said both people appeared to have suffered “violent deaths.” Sgt. Joel Roon told FOX 17 that the Kent County Medical Examiner was determining the precise cause of deaths.

About 5:00 Saturday afternoon, Wyoming Police and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department converged on an apartment on Stonebridge Avenue SW in the Ramblewood Apartments, where a suspect was believed to be. Three others inside the apartment were released.

Police and deputies continued negotiating with the man throughout Saturday evening. At about 12:45 a.m., the departments issued a press release that they had gone into the apartment at about 12:15 a.m. and found the suspect deceased.

No other details about the suspect’s death were released.

We’ll have more details Sunday evening on FOX 17 News.