KALAMAZOO, MI — A Kalamazoo man shot and killed early last Friday was asleep in his home when a bullet passed through a wall of his Northside home and hit him, police say.
Robert Earl Johnson, 54, was shot and killed while asleep in his home in the 1600 block of N. Church Street at around 1 a.m. Oct. 9, according to a news release issued by the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.
Police and medical workers tried to resuscitate the victim on scene but were not successful, police said last week. The victim was pronounced dead a short time later.
The suspect in the shooting, a 23-year-old Kalamazoo man, was arrested Sunday and lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail on murder and weapon charges, as well as on an outstanding warrant, police said.
A collaborative team consisting of Kalamazoo Public Safety’s Criminal Investigations Division, Crime Response Team, Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team and the Michigan State Police tracked the suspect and took him into custody in the 2600 block of Airview Blvd.
He is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday, Oct. 13, the release states.
Johnson was the second person shot and killed in Kalamazoo last week. Michael David-Jewel Clopton III, 21, was shot and killed in the 100 block of W. Frank Street at around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6.
The two deaths marked the city’s 11th and 12th homicides of the year. There were 10 killings in all of 2019 and seven the year prior within the city limits.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at 269-488-8911 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.
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