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Man suspected of killing woman in Pontiac in January dies by suicide

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Pontiac — A man suspected of shooting and killing a woman outside a home last month has taken his own life, officials said Monday.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office said Reuben Tompkins, 29, of Detroit had fled to Mountain Brook, Alabama, where he died by suicide. The gun Tompkins used was found with his body, it said.

Detectives had the weapon subjected to ballistics testing and it confirmed it was used in the murder of Kaneisha Williams, 32, of Waterford Township in a Pontiac shooting in January.

Officials said the homicide case has been cleared because of Tompkins' death.

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Williams was slain Jan. 20 in the 10th block of North Eastway Drive between Auburn and Michigan Avenue in Pontiac, according to authorities.

Deputies responded at about 11:40 p.m. to the scene on a report of shots fired with a possible wounded victim, they said. A witness told police a woman approached his home and appeared to be running from a man. The witness heard gunshots and heard the woman moaning.

He saw a man leave the area in a vehicle that had been parked in the street, police said.

Deputies found Williams with several gunshot wounds. They called for an ambulance, but opted to drive her to a hospital because her wounds were so severe.

A doctor at the hospital declared the woman dead. Investigators later determined the woman's identity.

During the course of their investigation, detectives identified Tompkins as a possible suspect in the woman's murder, officials said. They were able to track him to Alabama.

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