Suspect arrested in fatal Benton Township shooting

Published: Jun. 4, 2021 at 9:33 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 5:43 PM EDT
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BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WNDU) - A suspect has been arrested after an armed robbery in Benton Township left one man dead.

Police were called to Briarwood Apartments for a shooting after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Twenty-year-old Miquan Davis was inside a vehicle in the passenger seat when he was shot in the chest. He was later pronounced dead at Spectrum Health Lakeland.

Officers also found 18-year-old James Parker-Hersey shot in the hip. After being treated on scene, he was taken for surgery.

On Friday, Benton Township police announced that Parker-Hersey has been taken into custody on an arrest warrant that included charges of felony murder, armed robbery and felony firearms.

They confirmed that he and two other male suspects attempted to rob Davis and a woman in the car with him.

The woman drove Davis to the hospital after he was shot in the chest.

The only thing lost in the robbery is the one thing that can’t be replaced, the life of twenty-year-old Miquan Davis.

“My brother is gone and nothing can change that. Whether or not we find out who did it and it’s a fact, my brother is still gone and this sadness is stuck with me,” said Davis’ sister Briyanna Nichols.

Davis’ sister says he was motivated to be the best father for his two-year-old daughter and his son born less than a month ago.

Davis passed as his family recovers from a year full of losses.

“We are not a fragile family. We have had three deaths in the last year and we are a small but very close family,” Nichols said.

Nichols says Davis didn’t get into trouble and doesn’t know anyone who would have a reason to go after him.

“Anybody who knows my brother knows he does not get into trouble, and we weren’t raised to be attracted to that kind of lifestyle,” she said.

Nichols is only asking for the community’s help in finding the two other suspects still on the loose.

Police are searching for other people who were involved. Contact detectives at 269-925-1135 or Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.

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