VERONA TOWNSHIP, MI – Last night, Wednesday December 30th, 2020, at 11:19PM, Huron County Central Dispatch received a 911 call from the residents of a home located on Rapson Road in Verona Township. The caller told the dispatcher that their father had just been shot by unknown individuals.
The dispatcher asked the caller if the suspects had left the area. The caller was unsure of that answer.
Responding Deputies and Bad Axe Police Officers arrived shortly there after and cleared the scene to get to the residents and the victim. They were able to locate an unresponsive 59-year-old man laying on the floor suffering from two gunshot wounds.
This was the victims home that he shared with his 11-year-old and his 20-year-old sons. The two boys were not harmed during the shooting.
The victim was immediately transported to Thumb McLaren Hospital by Central Huron Ambulance. The victim was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Deputies were told by the two sons that they were all in different rooms of the house when the youngest heard a door opening. He then ran to his father to tell him that something was wrong. It was at that time that 2 assailants armed with handguns appeared and shot the father.
From the investigation, officers were told that the two suspects were yelling at the victim as he lay on the floor making reference to wanting “the money”.
The victim was then further physically assaulted by one of the assailants while the youngest son attempted to barricade himself in a bathroom. The boy was then violently removed from the bathroom after one of the assailants kicked the door in and forced him to another room where he was then ordered to lay on the floor.
During this time, the 20-year-old son had hid in another room. The Assailants then left which enabled the two sons to contact dispatch for help. The tragic incident took place in just a matter of minutes.
The suspects are described as wearing black ski masks, black leather coats, black gloves, and black khaki type pants. It was unknown how they came to or left the scene.
The Michigan State Police Crime Lab personnel arrived at approximately 3:30AM to process the scene. They are currently finishing their part of the investigation.
The Huron County Medical Examiner’s Office will be making arrangements for an autopsy in the near future. This investigation will continue on throughout the day and the days to come.
At this time, it is believed the assailants targeted the specific residence. However, it is unknown if they were there looking for those who had previously lived in the house or if they were in fact targeting the 59-year-old victim. He and his sons had not lived very long in this house.
Anyone who may have witnessed, between the hour of 10:45 PM and 11:30 PM, any vehicles in the Rapson Road area, that seemed to be unusual, you are asked to please call the Huron County Sheriff’s Office with that information. The investigation is focusing on the Sullivan Road intersection. You can also call Huron Central Dispatch at 989-269-6421.
They are asking that anyone with any possible information is urged to call so this investigation can be brought to a quick close.
The victim’s name will be released later today after time is given for his family and friends to be notified. No further information will be released at this time. Please check back for updates.