Police: 18-year-old Brighton man turns self in after father fatally shot

Neighbors shocked by death: ‘It’s just unbelievable’

Man found dead inside Brighton home; son turns himself in to police

BRIGHTON, Mich. – Residents in a peaceful Brighton neighborhood are shocked by the death of a father who was allegedly killed by his own son.

At some point Monday morning police were called out to the home on Woodlake Drive to find the man dead from a gunshot wound.

“They were great people. I know he was a dedicated cop that worked in the schools in Plymouth. He loved doing that and had some eye surgeries recently that kept him off the force,” said a neighbor who did not want to go on camera.

Neighbors who Local 4 News spoke to say they just spent time with the family weeks ago.

“They were taking a walk one night and they stopped by our house. It’s just unbelievable,” said the anonymous neighbors.

Shortly after police became aware of the situation, the man’s 18-year-old son turned himself in to authorities, police said.

“We were able to, after a long phone conversation with the suspect, we were able to get him to come back and we were able to take him into custody,” said Brighton Police Chief, Rob Bradford.

Police are unclear of the motive, but one thing is certain, the teen just recently finished high school. His graduation photo was still on the front lawn. We’re blurring his face because he’s yet to be charged.

Neighbor, Gerard Page, has teenagers of his own. He can’t even fathom what happened inside the home’s four walls.

“I got four kids myself and I can’t imagine what’s going on with the family right now,” said Page.

Sadly this was a tragedy that no one expected to ever happen.

“It’s a quiet neighborhood. Everybody knows everybody here. It’s unfortunate,” said Chief Bradford.

“You always hate to see it so close to home. You know, it happens and it hurts everyone. But today, it hurts us,” said the anonymous neighbors.

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Victor Williams joined Local 4 News in October of 2019 after working for WOIO in Cleveland, OH, WLOX News in Biloxi, MS, and WBBJ in Jackson, TN. Victor developed a love for journalism after realizing he was a great speaker and writer at an early age.