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Update: Man accused of shooting, killing Flint couple in custody

Flint’s Police Chief said the suspected shooter was dating the mother of the woman he’s accused of shooting
Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 6:06 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - (9/17/2020) - Flint Police Chief Terence Green says the man accused of shooting and killing a man and woman early Tuesday morning in Flint is in custody.

Michigan State Police pulled 48-year old Michael Mayfield over on I-75 near metro Detroit Wednesday night. Troopers say he was traveling towards Flint. They realized he had multiple warrants for his arrest. Green says “he was taken into custody without incident”.

Flint Police believe the 48-year-old man shot and killed a couple just after midnight Tuesday morning.

The 28-year-old man, Brandon Williams and his 25-year-old girlfriend, Tasheona Jones, both of Flint, were found on Ballenger Highway, near Beecher Road. Chief Terence Green said Jones’s mother was dating the 48-year-old person of interest.

Jones’s mother pleaded for the public’s help in tracking Mayfield down.

She is cooperating with investigators.

It’s not clear why the couple went to the man’s home on Ballenger Highway, how long they were there or what type of interaction, if any, happened between them.

But, Chief Green believes the man shot and killed them while the two were running away from him.

“Two young people, just another incident of senseless violence. They were unarmed, appear to be unarmed,” Chief Green said. “There’s no good reason behind it, it’s just senseless violence and it’s becoming a theme. And it’s -- basically the community’s sick and tired of it.”

Chief Green said getting illegal guns off the street is a priority.

A special investigative unit has been created to tackle that, plus the City will have a gun buyback soon.

“Any illegal firearm we seize, I consider it a life saved,” he added.

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