Homicide detectives in Holland Township believe a 24-year-old-man shot and killed his mother's boyfriend at an apartment complex Wednesday, Oct. 19, and now they are trying to find out why.
“We think there was some kind of domestic situation taking place,” says Captain Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.
Police say the suspect, his 40-year-old mother and her 41-year-old boyfriend were together inside the apartment at 3781 W. Traditions Way when multiple shots were fired.
“We heard screams and then we heard eight gunshots,” recalls Traditions Apartment Complex neighbor Candace Swart. “Pow, pow, pow, pow, right in a row.”
Neighbors say the victim, identified by police as Joseph Jordan, had been outside the apartment earlier in the day. “He was just out here talking to us,” says neighbor Candace Taylor. “But he was very intoxicated. He had been drinking a lot.”
“I met him through Walmart,” says Swart. “He works at Walmart. He is a good guy.”
After the shooting, the suspect drove away. Within an hour, he was captured by Holland Public Safety Officers near the intersection of 16th Street and Century Lane.
Police say they don’t know if the suspect shot and killed Jordan to protect his mother, defend himself or if there was some other issue that led to the killing.
“Whether or not there was some kind of intervention or attempted intervention,” says Captain Bennett. “We are still trying to sort that out.”
The suspect faces open murder and felony firearm charges. His name will be released after arraignment.