Police believe man died after hitting head
By Bria Brown
Posted February 13, 2017
A 34-year-old man was found dead in an empty lot near a small bulldozer on Gratiot Avenue between 10 Mile Road and 11 Mile Road that was the site of the former Veterans of Foreign Wars hall at 25671 Gratiot Ave.
The man was found “around 10 a.m.” Feb. 13, according to Roseville Police Chief James Berlin.
A motorist saw the man lying down in the lot and called police, Berlin said.
According to a press release Feb. 13 from Roseville Deputy Police Chief Donald Glandon, “Officers were dispatched to assist on a medical run of a person not breathing.”
Glandon stated in the release that the Roseville Fire Department was dispatched.
“Upon our arrival, it was discovered he passed away,” said Berlin.
Police believe the 34-year-old was trying to get into the bulldozer’s cab for shelter from the weather when he hit his head on the concrete and bled to death.
“We do not believe foul play was involved,” said Berlin.
According to Glandon, “The remains were turned over to the Macomb County Medical Examiner’s Office for a determination on the cause of death.”
Berlin said that police know the man’s identity.
“We know who he is. We’ve had contact with him before,” said Berlin.
According to Berlin, “he’s a local homeless man,” and when police would come in contact with him, he was “always extremely intoxicated.”
Police found identification for the deceased with an address in Greenbush, Michigan, but police don’t think that was his address at the time of his death.
The name of the deceased had not been released as of the late afternoon Feb. 13 because detectives were attempting to locate the man’s family.
About the author
Staff Writer Bria Brown covers Eastpointe and Roseville as well as East Detroit Public Schools and Roseville Community Schools for the Eastsider. Bria has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2016 and graduated from Oakland University.
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