Victim’s name released in Farmington Hills shooting

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published October 15, 2018 | Updated October 16, 2018 2:46pm


The victim of an Oct. 15 homicide at the Retreat at Farmington Hills apartments was recently named as Alex Ward, 22, of Farmington. Ward was a former student of Farmington High School, according to a police report.

The Farmington Hills Police Department is investigating the murder and shooting that occurred in the early morning Oct. 15 at the Retreat of Farmington Hills apartments, located on 12 Mile Road, west of Middlebelt Road, according to a press release.  

The incident took place at about 1:12 a.m., when Farmington Hills officers responded to numerous 911 calls, according to a press release.

Officers discovered two men who had been shot. Both were taken to the hospital; Ward died there, the release states. The second victim is “expected to survive.”

Early investigations reveal that the two men were shot from outside the apartment through a door wall, and the shooting is not random, the release states. There are no reports of any other injuries at the apartment complex.

A follow-up press release states that police will not be releasing any more information on the murder or the shooting investigation due to the potential to compromise the investigation.

“The male murder victim was specifically targeted. This incident was not a random attack," Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus said in the press release.

The name of the murder victim has not been released per the request of the family.

“Solving this case remains a top priority,” states to the release.

This is the first Farmington Hills murder recorded this year, a year in which serious crimes have been at record lows not seen since the 1970s, states the release.

Investigators are obtaining search warrants for the apartment, and evidence technicians are processing the scene, the release states.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Farmington Hills Police Department at (248) 871-2610.