Police arrest suspect in shooting death

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published October 26, 2015 | Updated October 27, 2015 4:30pm

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A suspect in the shooting death of a 28-year-old Madison Heights man was arrested Monday afternoon following a nearly 12-hour investigation at a northwest neighborhood home where police said the shooting occurred.

Police said the Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division quickly identified the suspect, and an arrest was made at 1 p.m. Oct. 26 in the 6100 block of Henry Ruff in Garden City.

As of Oct. 27, police had not identified the suspect. Police expected that the supect would be arraigned Oct. 28. Police identified the deceased man as Kenith Tyran Walter.

According to police, Royal Oak investigators were assisted by the Troy Special Investigations Unit, the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Garden City Police Department.      

The investigation initially led officers to the home in the 2800 block of Fern Street after Beaumont Hospital officials reported that a man with multiple gunshot wounds came to the emergency room early Monday morning. The victim was pronounced dead later that morning.

Mayor Jim Ellison arrived near the house at Fern Street and Linden Avenue shortly after 9 a.m. and said that officers were waiting for a warrant to enter the home, which investigators believed to be connected to the victim.

Ellison said the shooter was still on the loose at that time, and residents in the area should look out for suspicious people.

“But have faith in our Police Department that they know what they are doing,” he said.

Police and a SWAT team surrounded the home, which is near Rochester and 12 Mile roads, after receiving the call from Beaumont Hospital at about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 26. The agencies cordoned off the surrounding area and told neighbors to stay inside their homes. Animal control was called to the scene.

“It was very scary,” said nearby neighbor Brad Foucher. “There was a SWAT truck right there.”

Foucher’s wife, Gabrielle Bratic, said that before the couple knew it, officers were at their front door.

“There was an officer on my porch with a rifle telling us to lock the doors and not let anyone inside that we didn’t know,” she said.

The couple said they grabbed their kids and went upstairs.

“They (police) couldn’t secure whether the shooter was there or not, so they put the neighborhood on lockdown,” Ellison said.

The couple said police later released them at about 7:45 a.m. and they were able to get their children to school relatively on time.

The couple said they personally did not know who lived at the residence that was under investigation.

“It’s a fun house,” Foucher said. “There are people coming and going, but really no problems, and I’ve never seen any crime.”

The couple said the residents did have dogs, which is why they believed Animal Control was called to the home. Ellison confirmed that Animal Control took a dog from the residence.

Later in the morning, after Walter was pronounced dead at the hospital, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Laboratory was called to the scene.

This is the second homicide in Royal Oak during the past two weeks.

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