DETROIT – Sources tell Local 4 that serial murder suspect Kenyel Brown has died after police said he shot himself in the head Monday during a massive manhunt.
Around 5 p.m. on Friday Brown was declared brain dead. Brown’s family decided to begin the process of donating his organs at Providence Hospital, Local 4 has learned. Sources confirmed to Local 4 that Brown was dead Friday at 8 p.m.
Police moved on Brown while he was hiding out Monday at an Oak Park home. He is suspected of killing six people in one month’s time, in addition to a nonfatal shooting and two carjacking incidents, according to authorities.
Detroit police confirmed that Brown was free and working as a police informant in the days and weeks leading up to his arrest despite multiple probation violations.
Local 4 has obtained court transcripts from a supervised release violation hearing involving Brown from Oct. 29, 2019.
Judge Bernard Friedman said in court that Brown has “had a hard time following the law and the rules and so forth and I know what’s stated regarding his dangerousness."
Despite that, Friedman decided against sending Brown back to prison.
“I’m going to discharge you from probation, not give you any other time because I think, hopefully, you can stay out of trouble and I think you’re doing some of the right things, too, and I appreciate that and I think you’re entitled to a break for that,” Friedman said in court.