A police pursuit in Berrien County ended in a deadly crash.
It happened just after 5 a.m. on Sunday, April 15, when a neighbor of the Black Arsenal Gun Store called the Berrien County Public Safety Dispatch to report a possible break-in at the store, according to the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office.
The caller was able to give a description of a gold four door SUV that left the scene toward Red Arrow Highway.
Lincoln Township Police arrived on scene and were able to identify that several long guns were missing from the gun store.
About 15 minutes later, a Berrien County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a vehicle matching this description on I-94 eastbound near the 27 mile marker. The deputy activated his emergency lighting and a traffic stop was initiated. The suspect vehicle pulled to the side of the roadway. After coming to a stop the vehicle then sped off eastbound on I-94. The Deputy then pursued the vehicle with his emergency lighting and siren activated.
The pursuit continued eastbound on I-94 where the vehicle exited at M-139 and turned southbound toward Scottsdale. The vehicle continued southbound on M-139 where it lost control north of Rockey Weed Road and crashed into a large tree.
There were four occupants in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Three of the occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. The fourth occupant was taken by ambulance to Lakeland Hospital where he was last listed in critical condition.
According to the Michigan State Police they have been able to preliminarily identify
the occupants of the vehicle in the crash:
DRIVER: Jamahri Jayshaun Fuller, male, 20 years of age, Benton Harbor MI 49022, Deceased
RIGHT FRONT PASSENGER: Davion Marquez Patton, male, 17 years of age, Benton Harbor MI 49022, Deceased
REAR PASSENGER: Allan Trevon-James Velox, 17 years of age, Benton Harbor MI 49022, Deceased
REAR PASSENGER: A 17-year-old Benton Harbor boy is at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids in critical condition.
The Lincoln Township Police Department has confirmed that there were eight
firearms stolen from the gun store and all eight firearms were recovered at the scene
of the crash. There were three pistols, one shotgun and five rifles.
The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office has requested the Michigan State Police to conduct the investigation into the crash.