Family rejects police account of domestic dispute that ends in Redford Twp. shooting
Redford Township — An apparent domestic dispute ended with a 33-year-old woman shot and a 38-year-old man dead from a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday morning, police said.
The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. in the 19300 block of Woodworth near Beech Daly and Grand River Avenue.
Police received a call on a verbal altercation in the driveway of a home followed by reports of gunfire. An officer first on the scene saw a man standing over a woman in the driveway, police said. The man ran up the driveway, away from the officer. The officer then heard a single gunshot, police said.
The home was the residence of the man involved in the incident, police said.
Police said the man and the woman, who is from Eastpointe, knew each other. They did not indicate their relationship to one another.
Police said they are not seeking suspects.
The man died of a single, apparent self-inflicted, gunshot wound, police said.
During the incident, neighbors said they heard shots and then a woman say, “You shot me,” according to WWJ-AM (950).
Relatives of the man, whom they identified as Charles O’Neal, disputed police’s characterization of the incident.
His sister, Arkeshiua O’Neal, said
her brother, who was divorced with a 3-year-old daughter, and the woman once were romantically involved; any ties they had in recent months were fraught with conflict, she said.
Witnesses said Tuesday it appeared O’Neal was defending himself from the injured woman, his sister said.
“I’m not saying he’s perfect, that he never did anything in his life, but ... he would never hurt nobody unless he felt like his life was threatened,” she said.
The woman was taken to the hospital for multiple gunshot wounds, police said. She is listed in stable condition.