CENTREVILLE, Mich. — A man suspected in two slayings in Michigan, including the death of his ex-wife’s husband, was arrested Friday after he voluntarily walked up to police officers in Indiana.
Zachary Patten faces murder and other charges in the death of 29-year-old Shane Richardson in St. Joseph County, Michigan, just north of the Indiana state line.
Patten approached South Bend, Indiana, officers at a market and told them he “needed to be arrested,” spokesman Ken Garcia said.
Richardson was shot about 10:15 p.m. Thursday. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that the victim was married to Patten’s ex-wife.
“He has a newborn daughter on the way and he won’t get to see his daughter. That’s the tough part about that,” Richardson’s friend, Craig Purcell, said.
Patten also is a suspect in the fatal shooting of a woman at a mobile home park in Kalamazoo about 45 minutes before Richardson was shot. No charges have been filed in that incident. Greg Russel of the Kalamazoo County prosecutor’s office said a report from police is expected in a few days.
Patten, 32, was in custody in St. Joseph County, Indiana. It wasn’t known if he has a lawyer.
He and his ex-wife, Kaleena Richardson, were granted a divorce in 2015, although lately there’s been a dispute about parenting time with their children, the Gazette reported, citing court records (http://bit.ly/2vJNOYm ). A hearing was set for Aug. 21.