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Posted on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 10 a.m.

Man found dead after burglary and shooting in Milan

By Lee Higgins


The scene Friday morning in Scottsdale Estates in Milan, where a man was found dead.

Lee Higgins |

A man suspected of being involved in a burglary late Thursday on Anderson Street was found dead shortly after midnight in the nearby Scottsdale Estates subdivision, where witnesses reported that multiple shots were fired, Milan police said.

Police said the man is in his mid-to late 20s, but declined to release his name as they work to notify next of kin.

He was found dead shortly after midnight behind a car parked on O'Brian Drive in the subdivision, which is across Platt Road from Symons Elementary School. Interim Milan Police Chief Jeremy Nieman refused to say Friday afternoon whether the victim had been shot. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.

Police also wouldn't say whether anyone has been taken into custody, but said no charges have been filed. At least one other person participated in the burglary, police said. Police said property was stolen, but declined to be more specific.

Milan police were executing a search warrant late Friday morning at the home that was burglarized. Michigan State police and a Monroe County sheriff's K-9 unit were assisting.


Police execute a search warrant at a home on Anderson Street in Milan Friday morning.

Lee Higgins |

Shawn Hall, 37, was sitting on his couch around midnight when he heard a “really loud scream” and a couple of gunshots, he said. He looked out the window, grabbed his wife’s cellphone and dialed 911. He ushered five of his family members and a friend to the basement. At one point, he saw what appeared to be a man running toward the back of a home across the street, he said, but he couldn't make out who the person was.

When officers arrived, they attempted to resuscitate a man lying behind the car parked on O'Brian Drive, he said.

“It’s not the sort of thing you expect to happen in a small town. It’s disturbing to say the least," he said.

Dan Weber, 56, said he had just gone to bed when he heard two loud shots at 11:54 p.m.

Weber, who moved to the subdivision in 1999, said it’s the best neighborhood in which he’s lived. “I know everybody that lives in here. We’re all at least acquainted. I’m shocked. I just never would have expected it.”

Police said they expect to release more details Friday afternoon. Anyone with information can call police at (734) 439-1551.

Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at

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Sat, Feb 25, 2012 : 2:47 a.m.

I wish the reply comments would show up without having to click on them. This is the only forum I know where you have to click on the Reply. I'd like to see all of the replies without having to reorganize the entire page, which is what happens. I know this will get deleted for not being on topic. Have a nice night.


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 10:05 p.m.

after reading the links provided below by Chase, doesn't it make us all wish the Monroe news would report on all the stories in Ann Arbor? It seems they actually allow freedom of speach and opinions to be posted in their comment section. Perhaps should take note of that, it may be a big step in actually having some of your readers RESPECT you!


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 9:28 p.m.

As I HAVE READ and know the guidelines, the following comment IS NOT in violation, bet it gets removed (or in this case not posted in the 1st place) anyway!!! I am curious, your comment guidelines 1st paragraph states " aims to provide a lively community forum where readers can talk to us and to each other about local issues in a civil, neighborly way. The best comments and posts are those that add more information to the story, express a different viewpoint or help create intelligent debate". Why does it seem the best comments, the ones that do create intelligent debate, are the ones that get deleted???? YOU, are violating the guidelines by removing said comments. Anyway, here is my comment. I am in NO WAY presumming guilt on the part of the gun shot victim, for all I know no shots were even fired. I am also NOT using this tragedy to make a political statement as our constitutional rights are not politics but rather RIGHTS and a way of life we are alotted (as is freedom of speech which does not afford us in the comments section). Anyway, wether this victim had anything to do with a burglary or not does not matter, what does matter is our right to bear arms (again, a constitutional right, NOT a political statement!!!). Anyone who breaks into anothers home and attempts to take what another worked for deserves to contract a case of lead poisoning. Protect yourselves. If everyone were armed crooks would think twice about their next move!!!! I hope this poor person was not a homeless person who simply froze to death living outside. That would be a tragedy!


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 8:43 p.m.

Why can you guys not release as much information as was provided by the Monroe News? Your article would be more informative if all it contained was a link to them. Quoting: &quot;Apparently the homeowner was bound with duct tape, but he managed to free himself and pursued the suspects. Police said one of the men who reportedly broke into the house was found dead next to a vehicle parked on the street. Police are trying to determine whether the homeowner shot the intruder.&quot; From: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Sun, Feb 26, 2012 : 12:54 a.m.

That sounds good in principle, but on many articles related to crime, including this one, you wind up having far less information than other news outlets. Is this part of a strategy I'm not understanding?

Cindy Heflin

Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 9:29 p.m.

Seldon: We have had a reporter at the scene today and we have spoken with the police several times. We are reporting information as we obtain it. We have chosen not to report unattributed information that we cannot confirm.


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 8:06 p.m.

UPDATED: Just as useless as before

Chase Ingersoll

Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 6:36 p.m.

I called someone who lives down the street from the shooting and she suggested that I look at: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> From there was a link to: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> The Monroe News reports what many of us were probably suspecting, when we read that a search warrant was served at the property: &quot;...Milan police reported two men broke into the house on Anderson and fled the scene on foot. It is believed that the break-in was drug-related, said police who are familiar with the case. Apparently the homeowner was bound with duct tape, but he managed to free himself and pursued the suspects. Police said one of the men who reportedly broke into the house was found dead next to a vehicle parked on the street. Police are trying to determine whether the homeowner shot the intruder. The second home invader is still at large, police said. Apparently no arrests have been made as of this morning...&quot; Facebook also has additional information from the neighbors: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> Chase Ingersoll - former newspaper publisher


Sat, Feb 25, 2012 : 5:10 p.m.

I hope your information has been verified by a reliable source rather than &quot;he said, she said.&quot;


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 9:37 p.m.

Chase, I hope pays you freelance reporting fees for posting this. It seems all the facts have come from you. Good job! Maybe you have found your calling and can lead this &quot;news agency&quot; into real journalism!


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 7:52 p.m.

Thanks Chase. We need a good news source to figure out what happened. I made a comment asking why a SW was needed and it looks like my comment was censored.


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 6:30 p.m.

I'm confused, was the guy suspected of the burglary living in the neighborhood? Or were they just parked there?

average joe

Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 6:24 p.m.

Didn't think the police needed a search warrant to investigate a house where a crime was committed.

Alan Goldsmith

Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 5:53 p.m.

Looks like actually sent out the reporter for this story. Let's hope this is a new trend--and I don't mean sending out staff to cover news within a three block radius of your downtown Ann Arbor office, but sending out real reporters to ask real questions and not just reposting links from Detroit outlets on local crime stories.


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 4:26 p.m.

What in the world is pre-moderation? And why would you ever feel the need to tell us that the story will be updated? You are a news agency, not a very good one, but that is what you do, update people on whats happening.


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 10:56 p.m.

Pre-moderation means that your comment doesn't go up until it's been vetted by staff.


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 10:56 p.m.

Um, they updated the story, so they removed the statement saying they'd update the story. It says UPDATED in blue next to the headline, so we all know it's not the same story we may have seen earlier. Save your poking at for when they do something truly irresponsible. It gets tiresome when the comments section is just a bunch of bellyaching.


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 9:33 p.m., I think JGS has you cornered on this one LOL!!!


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 6:45 p.m.

News Agency? LOL News Agency: a business organization that gathers news for transmittal to its subscribers. Blog: a Web site containing the writer's or group of writers' own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other Web sites. Source:


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 6:29 p.m.

Lee and Tony, have you decided to not update the story after all? It appears you took down the statement saying you would update the story. I guess that's it, no more news on this news! That pre-moderation seems to be working great. Now if only you pre-read, pre-revise, and pre-edited, you could become more than pre-mature news.


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 4:21 p.m.

Perhaps there should be a catch-all title applied to all crime reports by Such as: &quot;Another Mysterious Crime Related Event Which Will Never be Explained.&quot; The article text could also be catch all sentences like: &quot;This happened locally. Details unavailable - probably forever. Comments have been closed.&quot; Just a suggestion: at some point, local news agencies have to have a break out point. That'll be when actual investigative reporters are sent out to get the facts behind such reports. There are numerous stories coming out of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County which are covered by investigative reporters and even helicopter videos - all of these are done by Detroit Area news stations.


Sat, Feb 25, 2012 : 1:02 a.m.

SMC: we know what you say is true - but my in person observation is that, at some point, it becomes worthwhile to do more than copy reports off the news services. I was half-joking when I mentioned helicopter videos: those choppers are extremely expensive and it takes a lot of &quot;ad revenue&quot; just to support their use by news organizations.


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 6:49 p.m.

It's a great idea, but it costs money, so will probably not implement it.


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 4:19 p.m.

This is so true, not something you hear often in the small town in Milan. I heard it all from the 1st. 911 call. It certainly kept our public safety people busy. (I hope the footprints in the snow helped them) Hopefully the suspect will be foind today. Good Job. Milan, Monroe and State Police.


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 3:26 p.m.

Pretty exciting and scary. Hopefully it was the bad guy that got it.

Craig Lounsbury

Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 3:17 p.m.

a guy is found dead. He may have been involved in a burglary. Gun shoots were reportedly heard. I got 5 bucks says this story will be closed to comments by the end of the day.


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 3:42 p.m.

maybe not on the other hand.It looks like is screening the comments first


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 3:39 p.m.

I'll give it an hour or less

Tony Dearing

Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 3:14 p.m.

This story has been placed on pre-moderation. We ask readers not to post comments that engage in speculation or otherwise violate our conversation guidelines. You can see our guidelines here: <a href=""></a>


Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 4:39 p.m.

wow, what a great rule. You aren't allowed to give your opinions on an event.