Man charged with murder after allegedly shooting wife in Clinton Township

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published October 1, 2019




CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 1, Kyle Wonsowicz, 26, of Clinton Township, was charged with second-degree murder after allegedly shooting and killing his wife.

He was arraigned at the 41-B District Court in Clinton Township. Along with the second-degree felony murder charge, which is punishable by up to life in prison, he was also charged with felony firearm, which is punishable by up to two years.

Clinton Township Police Department Capt. Richard Maierle said that at about 10:07 p.m. Sept. 28, officers were called to Stafford Street, near 14 Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue.

Wonsowicz was allegedly firing rounds from a long gun in front of his aunt’s house. The aunt and her son who live at the home were reportedly out at a concert at the time.

“People could actually hear the rounds being fired,” Maierle said.

In an Oct. 1 press release, the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office stated that when police arrived to respond to the shooting, it was reportedly the second time that evening that officers had been dispatched to the area. The first time, both the defendant and the victim were “in good spirits” and “barbecuing and enjoying a bonfire,” according to the release.

Police stated that after the suspect shot out a car window, he dropped what authorities report was a shotgun. Police retrieved the weapon and arrested Wonsowicz without incident. The Prosecutor’s Office stated that he was wearing only boxer shorts at the time of the incident.

Police checked the aunt’s house following the arrest and found Wonsowicz’s wife, Nicole Larocca, 26, in the family room with a gunshot wound to her face, according to the release. When she was discovered, she was “still conscious, but unable to speak.”

Larocca was taken to McLaren Macomb Hospital, where police say she died from her injuries at about 9:48 p.m. Sept. 29.

“The disregard for human life displayed by this defendant is appalling,” Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said in the release. “The sad irony is that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Yet, in the past week and a half, my office has received three cases of domestic violence resulting in murder. Please, if you or someone you know is in a dangerous situation, reach out for help.”

Services for those in unsafe situations are available through Turning Point Macomb’s 24-hour crisis line at (586) 463-6990. The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at (800) 799-7233.

No attorney information was available for Wonsowicz at press time.