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Congressman Dan Kildee's brother Timothy Kildee fatally shot by son in Michigan home

Mar 20, 2024 09:39 AM IST

Congressman Dan Kildee's brother Timothy Kildee's tragic demise at the hands of his own son in Genesee County, Michigan, left everyone in shock.

On Tuesday morning, the tragedy of Timothy Kildee took the life of the brother of Congressman Dan Kildee in Genesee County of Michigan as he was shot dead at his home in Vienna Twp.

Congressman Dan Kildee mourns brother's death. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)(AP)
Congressman Dan Kildee mourns brother's death. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)(AP)

Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson opened his words to the press with the erupting grief inside him disclosed over the news that Timothy, aged 57, was shot by his own son, who was about to turn 28. The suspect is now underway in a police interrogation centre, levied with a series of severe charges encompassing open murder, carjacking, armed robbery and illegal civilian possession of firearms.

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Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton stated, “count of open murder, count of carjacking, charge of armed robbery, charge of using a firearm during the commission of felony, charge of carrying concealed weapon and motor vehicle infraction for the crash” in detail. The notification Andrew sent to Senator Kildee led the Congressman to arrange to go home from Washington, DC.

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“Our family is grieving and heartbroken. There are no words to describe the loss of a beloved brother and family member, especially in such a terrible tragedy. I thank the community for honouring my family's privacy during this very difficult time,” he wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

As the shooting incident unfolds

The sorry event was unveiled during the residential call to police from Burton, Michigan, in the dawning hours as the date was set to begin. Sheriff Swanson gave details of a verbal dispute when a revolver was flashed by one of the parties involved and all these happened without anybody, not even the owner of the firearm, knowing who was in possession of gun. This episode then led to the son of Timotheus, who he then left. Later he called his son and told his mother not to return him to his father’s home.

Nevertheless, the circumstances changed drastically when the 27-year-old was impulsive and exited the running car. After that, the expansion of time made the plot more intense and right before my eyes, a ferocious fight began at Timothy's house. The suspect first requested a set of keys, and the wallet; and then shot the vehicle dead. The pair were later recovered from the suspect’s ownership after the car had been shot.

The suspect then fled the scene in the victim's car, only to be involved in a high-speed crash moments later. While the suspect sustained serious injuries and remains hospitalized under police watch, the occupants of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries.

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As authorities continue their investigation, the circumstances surrounding the tragedy remain under scrutiny. Prosecutor Leyton hinted at potential substance abuse by the suspect, pending confirmation from toxicology reports.

Sheriff Swanson underscored, “The behaviour of the suspect lends anyone to believe that there was some type of breakdown and or other entanglements that caused him to be so violent.”

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