DETROIT — Murder charges have been filed against an ex-convict who had to turn himself in twice before Detroit police would arrest him, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Police Chief Ralph Godbee says his department is investigating what went wrong.
According to authorities, Adris McCullough, 36, got into an argument on the street outside his house about 1:40 a.m. Saturday. They say he retrieved a rifle from his house and opened fire, killing two men and wounding two others. Those killed were Detroit residents Leshawn Glover, 37, and Chad Berry, 23, said Wayne County prosecutor's spokeswoman Maria Miller.
About two hours after the shootings, the suspect went to a Detroit fire station and tried to surrender, police said in a statement. Fire officials called police, but no officers showed up.
Police said that "due to area patrol units being busy handling high priority runs, no units were dispatched to the location."
McCullough eventually went to a police station, where he was arrested.
He is charged with first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm and having a firearm during commission of a felony, Miller said. She said his arraignment was expected Tuesday and said she did not believe he had a lawyer.
McCullough served seven years in Michigan prisons for two carjackings and a kidnapping committed in 1995, said Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman John Cordell.
Godbee said after the shooting that he had ordered an investigation into why no patrol car was sent to the fire station.
Police should have made "every effort to ensure that this person was taken into custody," he said in the statement Saturday.
Police spokeswoman Sgt. Eren Stephens said the department was examining what police units were doing at the time the suspect tried to surrender, including whether they were involved in other aspects of the shooting investigation.
Detroit police have undergone serious personnel cuts under Mayor Dave Bing's state-supervised effort to close a large budget deficit and avoid a state financial takeover. The city recently imposed a 10 percent pay cut and 12-hour work day for officers.
Bing spokeswoman Naomi Patton said the mayor's office would not comment beyond what police said.