Police vehicles respond to the scene of a domestic shooting in the 400 block of West 14 Mile Road, near Custer Avenue, in Clawson March 21.

Police vehicles respond to the scene of a domestic shooting in the 400 block of West 14 Mile Road, near Custer Avenue, in Clawson March 21.

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Clawson domestic shooting results in 2 dead, 1 injured

By: Sarah Wojcik | C&G Newspapers | Published March 22, 2021

 Neighbors gather near the scene of a domestic shooting in the 400 block of West 14 Mile Road, near Custer Avenue, in Clawson March 21.

Neighbors gather near the scene of a domestic shooting in the 400 block of West 14 Mile Road, near Custer Avenue, in Clawson March 21.

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CLAWSON — According to police, a 15-year-old Clawson Public Schools student is dead after a domestic shooting at the hands of her stepfather, who is also dead by suicide, and a neighbor is recovering after suffering a gunshot wound to her leg.

At approximately 2:34 p.m. March 21, Clawson police, along with officers from the Troy and Royal Oak police departments, responded to a report of a shooting in the 400 block of 14 Mile Road, near Custer Avenue.

Clawson Police Chief Scott Sarvello said officers arrived and the initial investigation revealed that the situation began with an argument between the 15-year-old and her stepfather at his home. Sarvello said the situation continued to the next-door neighbor’s house, before the suspect fled back to his home and barricaded himself.

First responders located the teenager, who had been shot allegedly by her stepfather, at the neighbor’s home. She was transported to the hospital and, during the early morning hours of March 22, died from her injuries.

“Everyone was praying and hoping it wasn’t going to come to that,” Sarvello said in a March 22 phone interview. 

The neighbor, who had been shot in her leg, was also taken to the hospital for treatment.

Despite repeated attempts to establish contact with the suspect, Sarvello said, law enforcement was unable to further communicate with him. The Oakland County SWAT team, negotiators and a psychologist were called to the scene.

Sarvello addressed members of the media gathered at the scene during the incident March 21, saying, “We just want to try to make contact with the suspect. … We hope there is a peaceful resolution.”

Police cautioned nearby residents to shelter in place during police attempts to establish contact with the suspect in his home.

Several hours into the standoff, law enforcement used a drone to locate the suspect, who reportedly was found deceased in the house due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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