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Coronavirus argument ends in shooting death, police say

Ann Arbor, Michigan Police K9 Car (Elsa Blaine/Flickr)
March 29, 2020

A Thursday night argument between roommates over restrictions caused by coronavirus concerns escalated into fatal shooting, police said.

Officers responded to a shots fired call at 9:12 p.m., March 19 in the 1700 block of Weldon Boulevard in the Dicken neighborhood of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Police Chief Michael Cox said in an email.

The officers found two men, one of whom was unresponsive and had been shot multiple times, police said. Paramedics with Huron Valley Ambulance determined the man had died at the scene, police said.

The shooting is not considered a homicide at this time, said Cox, who is calling it a “death investigation.”

The suspect said he shot the victim after arguing with him about restrictions in place due to COVID-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus, police said.

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The victim lunged at the shooter with a crowbar, police said. The suspect, who currently is in custody, notified officers of the incident, police said.

“There’s no indication that additional danger to the public exists,” Cox said in the email.

No further details were immediately available. The case remains under investigation.

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