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Police make arrest linked to firefighter’s death

George Hunter
The Detroit News

Detroit police have arrested a man they believe is connected to the slaying of firefighter David Madrigal, according to two police sources familiar with the investigation.

The man was arrested Friday and is being held on a parole violation warrant after police say he cut off his tether. A warrant also was obtained for a carjacking he allegedly committed Wednesday, sources told The Detroit News.

Police are putting together an evidence package and plan to seek a warrant for Madrigal’s killing, sources said.

Madrigal, 59, a 26-year veteran of the Detroit Fire Department, was found dead Dec. 21 inside his home on Vaughn on the city’s northwest side. Medical examiners determined he’d been killed by blunt force trauma to the head.

Police say Madrigal’s house was ransacked, and several things were stolen. Also stolen was his 2015 Harley-Davidson-model Ford Explorer, which was later recovered on Bangor, about 10 miles from his house. The vehicle had been burned.

The firefighter was preparing for retirement this spring, fire officials said. He planned to celebrate with a June picnic on Belle Isle.

ghunter@detroitnews.com

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