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Police: Man arraigned over fatal shooting in Detroit

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Detroit — A 65-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a woman Thursday night on Detroit's east side was arraigned in the case on Sunday.

Willie Harmon has been charged with second-degree murder and felony firearm. On Sunday, at his arraignment at 34th District Court in Romulus, Harmon was denied bond, a spokesman for the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office confirmed, meaning he will remain at the Detroit Detention Center until his case is decided.

Officers responded around 7:50 p.m. to the 14000 block of Fordham to reports of a person shot in the head, according to Michigan State Police. That victim was a 25-year-old woman. 

 

Willie Harmon

"When troopers arrived on scene, they observed a male face down on the porch and it appeared a female was kicking the male," officials said. "The female went into the home and troopers made contact with the male believing he was the shooting victim."

The man was unconscious, state police said. As troopers tended to him, they heard a female yell from inside the house for someone to call EMS.

"Troopers entered the house and were directed to the bedroom where there was a female shot in the head. Troopers began rendering first aid, established an airway and used a bag valve mask to assist the female victim," state police said. "EMS arrived on scene and declared the female dead."

Harmon was taken into custody.

During the initial investigation, it was determined that a 22-year-old woman in the home heard a gunshot and went to one of the bedrooms. That’s where she found the suspect and the victim.

“When she entered into the bedroom, it appeared he was going to fire a second shot (at the victim),” Detroit Police Officer Dan Donakowski said. “She was able to disarm him.”

It is unknown what triggered the event.

Officials recovered a shotgun and pistol from the home, state police said.

cwilliams@detroitnews.com

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