Federal Informant Suspected in 6 Metro Detroit Murders Dies

February 29, 2020, 6:32 AM

Federal informant Kenyel Brown, who was suspected in six Metro Detroit murders dating back to December, died Friday night in a Southfield hospital, WDIV reports. He had shot himself in the head while being pursued by police last Monday.

Brown was declared brain dead around 5 p.m. at Providence Hospital, where he had been since Monday. At that time, his organs were prepared for possible donation and he was declared dead around 8 p.m., the station says.

Brown, who had been on probation for a gun charge, was intially working as an informant for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) until last Oct. 29, when he was taken off probation.

A federal DEA/Detroit Police task force then signed him up as its informant. In December he was suspected of going on a murder spree. In early February, he was "deactivated" as an informant after police learned of his connection to a triple shooting in River Rouge where two people died.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig held a press conference on Thursday complaining that ATF never told the task force that Brown had violated probation multiple times while he served as an ATF informant. Craig also questioned why the feds let him remain free after violating his probation.

Craig's department and the U.S. Attorney's Office are investigating those issues. 

Read more:  WDIV

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