Macomb Township man arraigned in wife’s death

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

The man accused of shooting his wife and himself in an attack recorded on the victim’s harrowing 911 call was arraigned Thursday on murder and weapons charges, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Hal Diallo Byrom, 44, was charged with first-degree murder and felony firearm, officials said. He was arraigned from his hospital bed by a magistrate from the 41A District Court of Shelby Township.

Byrom was denied bond and has another court date scheduled for Nov. 3. Officials have not yet released a mug shot.

Byrom is the suspect in the Oct. 1 death of his wife, 38-year-old Ebony Byrom, who was shot several times while she spoke to a 911 dispatcher from her home on the 16600 block of County Ridge Lane in Macomb Township.

“You need to go,” Byrom is heard saying during her 911 call around 1 a.m. Oct. 1. “You need to leave ... because I have a child here.”

Byrom, who sounded calm during the call, then explained to the Macomb County Sheriff’s dispatcher that she had had a dispute with her husband, Hal Byrom, and that he was being “real disrespectful.”

When the operator asked if there were weapons in the home, Ebony Byrom said “it is” and “they’re in the bedroom.”

The operator then asked what kind of weapon was in the home. Ebony Byrom initially said “I really don’t know what it is” but then acknowledged that “it is a gun.”

“Do you know if it’s locked up?” the operator asked.

“No, it’s not,” Ebony Byrom responded.

About 10 seconds later, 11 gunshots are heard on the call. Police say Hal Byrom shot Ebony Byrom 10 times before shooting himself once in the neck.

Ebony Byrom’s 16-year-old son from a previous relationship was at the home and heard the gunshots, officials have said. He was not injured.

Ebony Byrom died at the scene. Hal Byrom was hospitalized and initially unconscious; arraignment was delayed until he regained consciousness.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham has said the couple’s dispute may have been over financial issues but that had not yet been confirmed.

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