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Man killed in Dowagiac robbery ID'd, suspects charged

Posted: 5:36 PM, Jan 29, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-29 17:36:08-05
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DOWAGIAC, Mich. — Dowagiac police have identified a man who was shot and killed in a home invasion earlier this week.

The shooting happened early Monday morning at a home on Louise Avenue near Pine Lake. Two suspects broke into 40-year-old Michael Collins’ home, shot him and then tied up other people inside while they searched for things to steal.

Police were called to the home on a report of a fatal shooting and quickly identified 38-year-old Jay Penar and 41-year-old Justin Carlton as suspects. Penar was taken into custody just north of Three Rivers and Carlton was arrested at a house in Kalamazoo Township.

Investigators said Penar used to live at the home, and they believe Monday’s shooting was a targeted incident.

Both suspects are facing murder charges.