Mount Clemens — Jeremiah James Boshell intended to “take out” at least two associates and then die in a police shootout after he allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend earlier this week, according to Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham.
Boshell, 36, is accused of shooting 38-year-old Lisa Ann Fabbri of Macomb Township in the head and leaving her in the driver’s seat of her 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser, parked behind a mutual friend’s home on the 60000 block of Frost in Lenox Township, Wickersham said at a news conference.
The victim was found by the homeowner returning home from walking his dogs Tuesday morning, Wickersham said.
Police are not releasing a potential motive in the shooting. The homeowner has been questioned extensively and does not face charges, Wickersham said.
“We’re still trying to get a timeline. We know that a neighbor in the area … she heard yelling and screaming (Monday evening) and then a gunshot,” Wickersham. “Unfortunately, we weren’t notified.”
Fabbri’s body was found in the driver’s seat, initially leading detectives to believe it was a possible suicide.
“But the shell casings were found in the driveway and the vehicle was found in the back of the driveway,” Wickersham said. “So the vehicle had to be moved.”
The sheriff’s office released Boshell’s name and photograph Tuesday afternoon, hoping for leads.
“We made contact with his father yesterday, who indicated he did meet (the suspect) at a Menards store,” Wickersham said Wednesday. “His father indicated he had multiple weapons inside the car.”
As detectives spoke with Boshell’s father, the suspect called his father several times and even spoke with deputies, Wickersham said.
“He was encouraged to come in, talk to us and give up his side of the story.”
Boshell refused and investigators continued their search. By talking with known associates and following a tip, they discovered Boshell may have been targeting two men who worked at Pioneer Transmission Services in Lapeer.
“Our investigators actually called the transmission shop and the employee told us (the suspect) was just there, in a tactical vest with bullets on it,” said Wickersham, adding that the employee also said Boshell had an AR-15.
Boshell’s alleged targets apparently weren’t at the shop, Wickersham said. He did not reveal Boshell’s alleged motive for targeting the employees.
Law enforcement from Macomb and Lapeer counties and the Michigan State Police flooded the area and quickly spotted Boshell driving a gray Ford pickup, Wickersham said.
“He was zig-zagging through the city of Lapeer,” said Wickersham, adding that the suspect appeared to catch on that he was being followed by undercover officers.
“It was at that time he fired a shot at the officer and some guy walking down the street.”
No one was struck, Wickersham said. Boshell then fled onto eastbound Interstate 69 and eventually crashed near Wilder Road.
“It appeared that he was reaching for one of his many guns, but with restraint we gave verbal commands (to show his hands) and he was taken into custody.”
Wickersham said it appears the suspect initially planned to force police to shoot him, but changed his mind and surrendered around 5:20 p.m. Tuesday.
“We are grateful we were able to get him locked up by the end of the day,” Wickersham said. “He’s a dangerous guy. His car was filled (with weapons) and he was ready to go.
“This is a guy who we all thought was going to go down in a gun battle. We’re glad he’s behind bars.”
Three weapons were found in the vehicle, including the AR-15 spotted at the transmission shop, a shotgun and a pistol police believe is the murder weapon.
Fabbri was shot with a 9mm handgun, Wickersham said. The handgun found in Boshell’s possession has been sent to a lab for comparison.
Boshell, Fabbri, and the Lenox Township homeowner have a long history dating to high school, Wickersham said. Boshell and his victim share a 16-year-old son.
There is no indication of past domestic violence between the two, but Boshell has a “lengthy” criminal record dating to 1997, Wickersham said. He has lived in Chesterfield Township and most recently had a mobile home in Lapeer County’s Columbiaville that burned down. The cause of the fire is unknown and part of the investigation.
Investigators said they don’t know where Boshell has been living since the mobile-home fire.
The Sheriff’s Office is confident they have enough evidence to charge Boshell with murder.
“Knowing that he was the house, and we know the caliber of bullet that was fired and we have that gun,” Wickersham said. “And here’s a guy that we wanted to talk to, and he didn’t want to talk to us. He was ready to go out in a blaze of glory and shoot up whoever he could.”
Meanwhile, Lapeer officials are ready to bring charges including fleeing and eluding, attempted murder and felon in possession of a firearm, Wickersham said. The suspect is expected to be transferred to Lapeer County to face charges there while Macomb County officials continue their investigation.
“We want to make sure we do this right and we have a great case,” Wickersham said.