Suspect arrested for fatal shooting of 18-year-old in Pontiac

Posted at 11:14 AM, Oct 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-10 22:32:05-04

PONTIAC, Mich. (WXYZ) — Police arrested a suspect on Saturday wanted in connection to the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man in Pontiac after a drug deal went wrong.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the Livingston County Sheriff's Office, arrested a 17-year-old male was taken into custody at his home in Genoa Township on Saturday.

The 17-year-old was a rear-seat passenger in the vehicle when he allegedly fired a single shot from a semi-auto handgun, striking the 18-year-old in the head.

The 19-year-old male driver and the 17-year-old female front-seat passenger, who are from Brighton, were taken to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office's Pontiac Substation, but were later released after questioning.

The gun and marijuana were recovered in an abandoned vehicle in the backyard of the home where the shooting occurred on Thorpe Street.

Charging information, as well as an arraignment, are expected next week.

Around 8:27 p.m. Friday, deputies, Star EMS and the Waterford Township Regional Fire Department responded to the 100 block of Thorpe Street on the report of a man who was laying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to his head.

The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. A large group gathered at the scene and were dispersed without incident.

The shooting remains under investigation.