UPDATE: Suspect Committs Suicide After SW Michigan Shootings and Chase

7 years 3 months 1 week ago Thursday, July 07 2011 Jul 7, 2011 Thursday, July 07, 2011 11:03:00 PM CDT July 07, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk says the man suspected in seven Michigan shooting deaths has killed himself. The two hostages he was holding are safe.

Belk said 34-year-old Rodrick Shonte Dantzler fatally shot himself inside a Grand Rapids home where here had been holding the hostages Thursday night.

Dantzler had released a 53-year-old female hostage unharmed earlier in the evening. Two other hostages had remained in the home.

A manhunt for Dantzler began after four people were found dead in one Grand Rapids home and three were found in another across town. Belk says the dead included two children.

The frantic search included a high-speed chase through downtown Grand Rapids during which Belk says the suspect shot two other people. They did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

 

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