Arrests made in New Year’s Eve slaying of Army sergeant

Posted at 5:34 PM, Jan 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-12 17:35:56-05

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. --  Police have made two arrests after receiving tips in conjunction with the New Year's Eve killing of Army Sgt. Tyrone Hassel III, a former Grand Valley State University student.

The arrests come at the same time a Celebration of Life was held for Hassel on Saturday at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Benton Harbor. According to the obituary, Hassel was " a devoted husband, father, son, brother, and soldier."

Officers say Berrien County Prosecutor Mike Sepic will share more information Monday.

Tyrone Hassel III, 23, was shot multiple times in the 2000 block of Colfax Avenue in St. Joseph on New Year's Eve. He later died at a hospital. Hassel had been visiting family during the holidays.

The obituary indicates Hassel was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, The German Army Proficiency Badge and completed a nine-month rotation in South Korea. His most recent accomplishment was on October 31, 2017, when he was promoted to sergeant.