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Oak Park murder suspect arrested blocks from shooting scene

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Oak Park — On Sunday afternoon, Oak Park Police Department arrested a 23-year-old suspect in the city's only homicide of the year on a tip from a resident, police said.

At about 5 p.m. Saturday on the 13000 block of Burton, an argument between a man and the 29-year-old victim, who dated the suspect's sister, turned deadly, police say. The victim was shot multiple times, and the shooter fled the scene.

Police identified a suspect, Devonte Bailey. 

About 23 hours after the shooting, in the 4 p.m. hour Sunday, police got word from an area resident who had heard suspicious noises, said Lt. Troy Taylor, a spokesman for Oak Park police.

The neighbor reported hearing "pounding" the night before, had seen media reports of the homicide and called police. 

A home on the block on the 24000 block of Berkley, had been unoccupied after a recent fire, Taylor said. Police checked out the location and noted "muddy boot prints" on a back door, with a pattern similar to the Timberlands the shooter had reportedly been wearing when he fled. 

The vacant home is about a half-mile south and west of the shooting scene. Both are south of 10 Mile and east of Coolidge.

During police surveillance at the location, a man exited who fit the suspect's description.

The man retreated back inside, but surrendered and was arrested at gunpoint, Taylor said.

Police expect to seek charges Tuesday with the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, and Bailey may be arraigned later that day, Taylor said.