Person of interest in woman's shooting death is in police custody

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit Police have taken Earl Maxwell, 38, identified Monday as a “person of interest” in the fatal shooting of a 42-year-old woman on the city’s west side Sunday afternoon, into custody, the department announced Tuesday morning.

Around 8 p.m. Sunday, on the 20000 block of Maxwell, a 14-year-old boy heard his mother arguing with someone, police said. The boy was in a back room of the house; the mother was in the living room. On Tuesday, the Wayne County Medical Examiner identified the victim as Latrese Dorsey. She died of multiple gunshot wounds, and her death is considered a homicide.

Earl Maxwell

A gun was fired and the boy found his mother in their living room, fatally shot. The shooting took place with not only the 14-year-old in the home, but 4-year-old as well.

Before he was taken into custody, police issued a description of Maxwell. He was described as a black male, 5-feet-8-inches tall, with a large stomach, bald head, beard, and yellow-stained teeth. He has a tattoo of the word “Latrese” on his left arm, police said.

Maxwell was charged with larceny from person and armed robbery in 2004. The charges were dismissed in 2015 according to files from the Wayne County Circuit Court.