Suspect in multiple Michigan slayings shoots self in head

Authorities say a man suspected of at least a half-dozen slayings and other crimes in and around Detroit shot himself in the head while being pursued by police

DETROIT — A man suspected of at least a half-dozen slayings and other crimes in and around Detroit shot himself in the head while being pursued by police, authorities said Monday.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Kenyel Brown was in critical condition at a hospital after the shooting in a backyard in neighboring Oak Park. He had been spotted by an adult bookstore clerk in Detroit, where the pursuit began.

Craig said Brown, 40, is suspected in six slayings overall in Detroit, Highland Park and River Rouge. The first was Jan. 8 and the most recent on Saturday in Detroit. Brown also was accused of two carjackings in the city.

“Our team worked literally around the clock,” Craig told reporters. “They knew this man was extremely dangerous in our community.”

Craig added that police believe others might have been working with Brown, so the investigation continues.

Wayne County prosecutors charged Brown with two counts of first-degree murder and other crimes in connection with the River Rouge incidents. U.S. Marshals also had been pursuing him.

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