Latrina Gilchrist murder: Man suspected of killing GF shoots himself in head as cops try to arrest him
DETROIT, MICHIGAN: A 50-year-old woman was discovered dead in her Detroit home on December 10 after allegedly being shot three times. Latrina Gilchrist was tragically murdered in her Palmer Park Apartment Building apartment. Despite the fact that her corpse was discovered on Saturday morning, it is thought she was shot on Thursday, only two days after her 50th birthday.
The suspect, who was wanted by police as a "person of interest" in her murder, shot himself in the head, receiving critical injuries, as they approached him at Pete's Grill on the city's east side on a Monday afternoon. Dynasty and Wydell Glichrist, Latrina's children, say that the couple had been in a relationship for over a decade and that Latrina and his family cared deeply for him.
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Officers watched him until they could get their Special Response Team in place to arrest him. DPD Assistant Police Chief Charles Fitzgerald explained what happened next. "The SRT team came in and put the Bearcat directly in front of his vehicle, and just as they were about to open their side door of the vehicle, our suspect attempted to take his own life," he said. The man shot himself in the head but survived. He was rushed to a local hospital where he is in critical condition," FOX 2 reported.
“I’m just very frustrated. We had a very close bond with our mother. It’s a great loss to take. She was taken from us. She didn’t get a chance to enjoy her 50′s that she looked forward to. She was 50 for two days. That hurts,” Dynasty shared with Click on Detroit.
"I just have so many questions, I just want to ask so many questions on why you killed my mother," Wydale told the outlet. "Because she was our queen, we loved her." Wydale said, "I feel like he’s just going out the coward way to be honest," Wydale said, "Just go ahead serve your sentence. We need justice for her. This man been around our family, holidays, birthdays, you know, played with my nieces and nephews - which is her grandchildren."
Police are not revealing the suspect's identity because his family is yet to be notified, and he has not been charged with a crime for now. Investigators had been searching for him since Saturday when they discovered Latrina Gilchrist's bullet-riddled body during a welfare check at her Palmer Park condominium, the report said. He was quickly identified as a person of interest as he took Latrina's firearm and truck after the shooting.
"My kids call him 'Papa,' they asked about him every time we were on the phone with her," Dynasty said. "I’m angry, I’m very upset, I’m hurt, I’m devastated. All she did was uplift him, help him get on his feet. All we can do is focus on our healing going forward. And pray he gets the justice he deserves." They are now preparing for her funeral.