Victim of Antrim County shooting dies from injuries

Victim of Antrim County shooting passed away from injuries

ANTRIM COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- A 64-year-old Antrim County man has died after being shot at his home Saturday afternoon.

The suspect in the shooting, a Mancelona man, is in jail. Police say he broke into Daniel Sutherland's home, shooting him and a 15-year-old.

Police found the 15-year-old victim walking near the house, not seriously hurt.

“The 15-year-old is a very brave young man," said Antrim County Undersheriff Dean Pratt. "I can’t say enough about him and the family and wanting to get back to the normalcy that he did today.”

Police still have not released a motive for the deadly shooting, or if the suspect and the victims had a prior relationship.

“Detectives are working on trying to piece all of those things together and see if there is a clear motive in this case," said Lt. Mark Harris of the Michigan State Police.

After the shooting, police say the suspect left the house and made it to another house several miles away where he stole a snowmobile.

Police had that house surrounded until they realized the suspect had fled the area on the snowmobile.

After an extensive search, police found the suspect at a house about 10 miles away in Kalkaska County where he was hiding in the attic.

That's where he was arrested.

“There’s going to investigators working on this until we’ve thoroughly investigated every lead, interviewed every witness and collected all the evidence that’s possible,” Lt. Harris said.

Police say it could be days before the suspect in this case is charged, especially since one of the victims has died, turning the case into a homicide.

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