January 16, 2021

Man fatally shot in face then run over by vehicle near Mt. Morris

MT. MORRIS TWP, MI — A suspect is in custody after a 57-year-old man was killed outside a Mt. Morris Township home, police said.

Officers with the Mt. Morris Township Police Department responded around 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 to the 5000 block of Judith Ann Drive off Carpenter Road for a report of a man who had been shot in the face and run over by a vehicle.

Detective Sgt. Laurie Salem said the incident started inside the house as an argument between the victim — identified as Samuel Leves Cole Jr. — and the 28-year-old nephew of the victim’s girlfriend who was staying at the home.

Witnesses at the scene told police they heard one gunshot outside the home, Salem said. It’s alleged the 28-year-old man shot and killed Cole.

The suspect then went into the home, grabbed the keys to a white Chevy pickup truck owned by Cole, then ran him over as he fled from the home.

Detectives were able to obtain information that led them to the truck outside an abandoned home on Tuxedo Avenue in Flint, roughly 10 miles from the original scene.

The suspect, whose name is not being released pending arraignment, was found around 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at a home down Tuxedo Avenue.

He was taken into custody and is being held in the Genesee County Jail pending arraignment.

Salem noted the suspect is the same person accused of stealing a funeral vehicle in September from outside Moon Funeral Home in Flint and leading police on a miles-long chase that ended at a local hospital.

Related: Man arrested at Flint hospital after stealing funeral home van, leading police on chase

Anyone with information on the fatal shooting may contact the Mt. Morris Township Police Department at 810-785-1311.

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