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Congressman Dan Kildee's Brother Shot to Death, Nephew in Custody, Sheriff Says

The man who fatally shot Timothy Kildee early Tuesday morning is suspected to be his 27-year-old son

Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Rep. Dan Kildee
Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Rep. Dan Kildee

Timothy Kildee, the brother of Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee, was fatally shot on Tuesday morning in Genesee County, Mich., the Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said in a press conference.

Timothy, 57, was allegedly shot by his 27-year-old son at his home in Vienna Township, Mich. The unnamed suspect is currently in police custody.

He could be charged with “a count of open murder, a count of carjacking, a charge of armed robbery, a charge of using a firearm during the commission of a felony, a charge of carrying a concealed weapon and likely a motor vehicle infraction for the crash,” Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said in the press conference.

Rep. Kildee, 65, was notified of the shooting by Swanson and is currently returning to Michigan from Washington, D.C.

“Our family is grieving and heartbroken. There are no words to describe the loss of a beloved brother and family member, especially in such a terrible tragedy. I thank the community for honoring my family's privacy during this very difficult time,” the Democratic representative wrote in a post on X (formerly known as Twitter).

Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Rep. Dan Kildee
Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Rep. Dan Kildee

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The police were first called regarding a domestic dispute in Burton, Mich., around 2:50 a.m. on the 3500 block of Columbine Street. Swanson said that there was “a gun presented” during the verbal confrontation.

After the confrontation, Timothy’s son left the house “on foot” and contacted his mother (who is Timothy’s ex-wife). “Sometime between that and shortly after five o'clock in the morning today. That mother picked him up and was taking him back to his dad's place,” said Swanson.

As they headed towards Timothy’s home in Vienna Township, the 27-year-old “jumped out of the moving vehicle.” The parents then went to search for their son.

Later, the father came back to the house alone, and the other son, who was sleeping in Timothy’s home, reported this to the authorities. “A confrontation was heard by the family member on the other side of the basement," said Swanson. “And there was a comment made [by the suspect] about ‘Give me your wallet and your keys.’” The wallet and keys were then found on the suspect after the incident.

The other son then told authorities he heard a gunshot, which Swanson said is believed to be the shot that killed the victim.

Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Rep. Dan Kildee
Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Rep. Dan Kildee

The 27-year-old suspect allegedly then took the victim’s car and fled the scene at high speed. Eight minutes after the shooting, the suspect crashed into another car.

The suspect suffered serious injuries and was taken to the hospital — and remains on police watch at the hospital. The two other people in the other vehicle are “doing well” and suffered "minor injuries."

Swanson said an investigation is ongoing, and Leyton said no charges have been filed. It is suspected there could be substance abuse from the 27-year-old, which will be confirmed by toxicology reports, per Leyton.

“The behavior of the suspect lends anyone to believe that there was some type of breakdown and or other entanglements that caused him to be so violent,” said Swanson.

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A spokesperson for the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for more information on Tuesday.

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