Dead gunman in Granger manhunt was Niles Walmart fire suspect


A St. Joseph County neighborhood is quiet again this morning after a large manhunt ended when police say a suspect in this week's fire at a Berrien County Walmart killed himself.

It's a manhunt that had many neighborhoods on edge.

WSBT has learned police went to the home of the man's father, which is in the Saddlebrook Subdivision of Granger.

Officers were questioning the man about the Niles Walmart fire on Sunday. During that interview, the man took off running.

He went to the Bridlewood area and tried to get into a number of homes by going door-to-door.

During the manhunt, police say the suspect tried to carjack a woman in Bridlewood.

After being unsuccessful in entering a home with a man, his wife and three children on New Colony Road, he fled to the backyard of the home. Police say that's where he was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. That was around 9:30 p.m.

Police say they are relieved no one else was hurt, because other people were put in danger.

"With his attempt to try and get into the back door of that home, there was a father, a mother and three belief is that they could've ended up in a hostage situation," said Tim Corbett, St. Joseph County Metro Homicide commander. "He was obviously armed. People in theretrying to get into their home...this could have been a lot worse than it was."

The Berrien County sheriff confirms the man killed was the suspect for a fire in the Niles Township Walmart that closed that store for two days.

The fire was started in the apparel section. Police say the suspect then went to the electronic section where he smashed a display case and stole several items.

The suspect's name has not yet been released.

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