Man accused in Detroit shooting captured in Belleville

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
Tyrone Brooks, 18, captured in Belleville.

A suspected violent criminal was found Tuesday in Belleville and taken into custody, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Tyrone Brooks, 18, of Ypsilanti, was arrested without incident at 3 p.m. Tuesday, said Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert Watson. Brooks has been charged in a six-count felony warrant, he said.

Brooks was hiding out in the Belleville area after he and his half-brother allegedly robbed a man in Superior Township on Jan. 22, according to the Marshals Service.

Authorities arrested Brooks' half-brother in Chicago, officials said. 

They also said they believed Brooks' family was helping him evade capture.

Watson said finding Brooks was a high priority for Marshals because of the violent nature of his alleged crime.

Brooks is accused of shooting the victim in the chest. The brothers then allegedly ransacked his house. After Brooks discovered the man wasn't dead, he shot him execution-style in the back of the head, Watson said. 

Watson said the victim survived. 

"The bullet didn't penetrate his skull and Brooks thought he was dead," Watson said. 

Watson said a tip from WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) viewer helped place Brooks in custody. The TV channel's news program regularly features profiles on wanted fugitives to help authorities apprehend them. 

Staff writer Charles E. Ramirez contributed