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Police name 3 killed, 1 critically injured in Berrien County pursuit and crash

Berrien County police say three people were killed and one person was critically injured in a police pursuit and fatal crash on M-139 in Royalton Township. // WSBT 22 photo

A southwest Michigan teen is in critical condition after a high speed chase ended in a crash, killing three more people.

Police say the four broke into Black Arsenal gun store in Stevensville early Sunday morning.

A deputy then saw the suspected car involved.

Dash cam shows police attempting to pull the vehicle over, but the vehicle takes off, leading police on a four-minute chase.

A neighbor initially tipped off police, saying the window of the gun shop had been broken.

"Lincoln Township police arrived on scene and were able to identify several long guns were missing from the gun store," said Sheriff Paul Bailey, (R) Berrien County Sheriff's Department.

Police say nine firearms were stolen. Police say all of them were found at the scene of the crash. That includes five rifles, three pistols and one shotgun.

The chase ended when the vehicle crashed into a tree on M-139 near Rocky Weed Road.

The three who died are 20-year-old Jamahri Fuller, 17-year-old Davion Patton and 17-year-old Allan Trevono-James Velox. All three are from Benton Harbor.

Another 17-year-old, Anton Morgan of Benton Harbor survived. He was in the back seat of the car.

He's listed in critical condition at a Grand Rapids hospital.

Two of the four were current Benton Harbor High School students.

Benton Harbor Area School officials issued a statement grieving for the young lives lost in the fatal accident:

Benton Harbor Michigan: Benton Harbor Area Schools would like to send our deepest condolences to the families of the Benton Harbor individuals that lost their lives Sunday, April 15, 2018 in a fatal car accident. Grief counseling was assigned to Benton Harbor High School Monday, April 16, 2018 for the classmates and teachers of these individuals. The Benton Harbor Area Schools community would like the families to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers.

The following release was issued Sunday night by the Berrien County Sheriff's Department:

According to the Michigan State Police they have been able to preliminary identify the occupants of the vehicle in the crash from earlier this morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of each of these individuals during this difficult time. They are as follows:

DRIVER:

Jamahri Jayshaun Fuller, male, 20 years of age, Benton Harbor MI 49022

Deceased

RIGHT FRONT PASSENGER:

Davion Marquez Patton, male, 17 years of age, Benton Harbor MI 49022

Deceased

REAR PASSENGER:

Allan Trevon-James Velox, 17 years of age, Benton Harbor MI 49022

Deceased

REAR PASSENGER:

Anton Duran Morgan, 17 years of age, Benton Harbor MI 49022

Currently at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids in critical condition

The Lincoln Township Police Department has confirmed that there were eight firearms stolen from the gun store and all eight firearms were recovered at the scene of the crash. There were three pistols, one shotgun and five rifles.

Original Press Release:

On Sunday, April 15, 2018 at approximately 05:11 hours a neighbor of the Black Arsenal Gun Store called the Berrien County Public Safety Dispatch to report glass breakage. The caller was able to give a description of a gold four door SUV that left the scene toward Red Arrow Highway. The B&E was confirmed by the alarm company contacting dispatch reporting an active alarm. Area police agencies were advised of the situation and the vehicle description. Lincoln Township Police arrived on scene and were able to identify that several long guns were missing from the gun store.

At approximately 05:26 hours a Berrien County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a vehicle matching this description on I-94 eastbound near the 27 mile marker. The Deputy activated his emergency lighting and a traffic stop was initiated. The suspect vehicle pulled to the side of the roadway. After coming to a stop the vehicle then sped off eastbound on I-94. The Deputy then pursued the vehicle with his emergency lighting and siren activated. The pursuit continued eastbound on I-94 where the vehicle exited at M-139 and turned southbound toward Scottsdale. The vehicle continued southbound on M-139 where it lost control north of Rockey Weed Road and crashed into a large tree. There were a total of four occupants in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Three of the occupants were pronounced deceased at the scene and one of the occupants was transported to Lakeland Hospital via Medic 1 Ambulance where he is in critical condition.

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office has requested the Michigan State Police to conduct the investigation into the crash. The MSP Traffic Crash Reconstruction Team was activated along with the 5th District Special Investigation Section. The names of the victims involved in this crash are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Any and all future inquiries regarding the crash investigation should be forwarded to the Michigan State Police. The point of contact is D/F/Lt Chuck Christensen at the Michigan State Police Headquarters in Paw Paw. As standard operating procedures the deputies involved have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation and reviewed by the Berrien County Prosecutors Office. The names of the department will not be released until the investigation is completed.

This is a tragic incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of the victims.

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