Father shot, killed in front of son after dispute over firewood; Taylor neighbor arrested

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46-year-old man is dead and his 73-year-old neighbor is in police custody after a shooting over some free firewood and destruction of property.

Taylor police said the shooting occurred at about 5:30 p.m. in the 6400 block of Cornell Street, right in front of the deceased father’s 15-year-old son.

The father was giving away firewood when his neighbor approached and took some.

he left, the neighbor began dragging the firewood on the ground, tearing up the driveway in the process.

The father allegedly became angry.

Detective Frank Canning said the men had a verbal altercation that turned physical and concluded with one producing a pistol and firing it.

Canning said the shooting occurred in front of the suspect’s house.

A witness said he ran to aid the father after hearing the shots and administered CPR until police arrived.

He identified the neighbor as the shooter, who was sitting outside at his house as the aftermath was unfolding, police said.

The father was transported to Beaumont Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police arrested the other man and took him into custody.

the neighbor’s wife and daughter said the shooting was in self-defense, saying the father came after the resident with a shovel.

The case is still under investigation.

Canning said the information will be forwarded to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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