01-03-2019 Police Reports

Police Report By Annette Christie New Year shootings result in one death Area police had their hands full as the New Year rang in accompanied by shootings including one victim being a man home on holiday leave from the military, who lost his life just before midnight. On December 31, 2018 at 11:10 p.m., officers with the St. Joseph Township Police Department were dispatched to 2086 Colfax Ave. in St. Joseph Township regarding a shooting incident. Upon arrival on scene, officers found a male victim, identified as Tyrone Hassell III, 23, who appeared to be gravely injured with multiple gunshot wounds. Mr. Hassell was treated at the scene prior to being transported from the scene by Medic One ambulance to Spectrum Lakeland Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. He was an active duty military member who was home on leave visiting family over the holidays. The incident remains under investigation. No further details are being released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the St. Joseph Township Police Department at (269) 429-6890 or Berrien County Crimestoppers at 1-800-342-STOP. The St. Joseph Township Police Department was assisted by the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, St. Joseph Department of Public Safety, Michigan State Police, and the Berrien County Homicide Task Force. On January 1, 2019, the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety responded to a shooting at 161 Apple Street, the location of a house party. Upon the officers arriving at the scene, they located a male subject who appeared to be suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The male subject was identified as 35-year-old James Parker-Hersey. Hersey was rushed to Spectrum Lakeland Hospital by Medic One ambulance where he was immediately prepped for surgery. Officers learned that the shooting was the result of an unknown argument between Hersey and an unidentified male. The male subject then shot Hersey before leaving the scene. The suspect was gone upon police arrival. This case, which is still under investigation, does not appear to be related to the St. Joseph Township shooting. The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety is looking for the identity of the shooter and other witnesses. If anyone has any information related to this incident, they are asked to contact the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety at (269) 927-0293 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-342-STOP.

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