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Man killed with pipe outside of SW Detroit grocery

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 47-year-old man was fatally beaten with a pipe outside of Vernor Food Center in southwest Detroit late Tuesday.

It was about 11:15 p.m. when witnesses called 911. They told police that they’d heard yelling, along with a “pinging sound,” said Michael Woody, director of media relations for the Detroit Police Department. The man has been identified as Delvin Williams by the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office. The office did not have a home town for Williams Wednesday afternoon.

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The yells came from the parking lot of Vernor Food Center, which is on the 8800 block of West Vernor in southwest Detroit. The store had been closed for more than three hours by that point.

When officers arrived, they saw a man standing over the victim, holding a pipe. Police ordered the man to drop the pipe, and he did. Police arrested the man and booked him at the Detroit Detention Center.

But the suspect has not been cooperative and has refused to even give his name to the police, said Officer Jennifer Moreno, a Detroit Police Department spokeswoman.

"We won't know who he is until his fingerprints come back," Moreno said.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, and suffered contusions to his head and body, Woody said.