2014-05-28 / Front Page

Uncle dies from gunshot wounds

Police take nephew into custody

CROSWELL —A 29-year-old Croswell man is in custody, the suspect in a fatal shooting that occurred Monday morning.

The suspect was expected to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in 73rd District Court in Sandusky, on an open murder charge and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, Croswell Chief of Police Dave Hall said Tuesday morning.

The shooting occurred at a residence in the 150 block of Mills Street shortly after 8 a.m.

According to Hall, there was an “argument between the victim and a female”, the suspect’s girlfriend. “It escalated to the female’s (boyfriend) getting involved.”

Several neighbors heard the loud argument, including an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, Kevin Nowiski, who lives about a block away, said Hall.

Nowiski called Sanilac County Central Dispatch to report the argument.

“As he was on the phone there were multiple shots,” Hall stated.

The girlfriend also called 9-1-1 to report the shooting.

“He (Nowiski) went to the scene and discovered a 53-year-old male with multiple gunshot wounds on the porch outside the residence. He provided first aid and requested police and ambulance. Croswell police arrived within minutes,” Hall said.

“The male suspect came out of the house and was taken into custody.”

Hall identified the victim as Paul Barr. He said Barr, Barr’s nephew and the woman all lived at the residence.

Barr was taken to Port Huron Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Hall said there had been arguing at the residence most of the night, “over numerous things.” He did not elaborate.

The sheriff department, Croswell EMS and the Michigan State Police crime lab assisted at the scene.

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