Dearborn, MI – Police said they discovered human remains in the trunk of a vehicle after getting into a deadly shootout with a fleeing motorist on Sunday.
The incident began at approximately 2 p.m. on Nov. 27, when a license plate reader alerted the Dearborn Police Department (DPD) that a vehicle linked to an endangered missing person investigation in Tennessee had been spotted on Warren near Greenfield, the Michigan State Police (MSP) said in a series of tweets.
The vehicle was described as a black 2020 Dodge with Tennessee license plates.
DPD officers located the suspect vehicle stopped on the right shoulder of Forrer Street near Warren Avenue a short while later, according to the MSP.
When they began approaching the car, the driver stomped on the accelerator and fled the scene, triggering a brief chase that ended after police lost sight of the suspect vehicle.
A short while later, the driver crashed into a residence on Tireman Street near Normile Street, according to the MSP.
The DPD officers again approached the vehicle and issued verbal commands to the occupants just before a gunshot rang out, the MSP said.
Officers immediately returned fire.
The 36-year-old female driver of the suspect vehicle suffered a gunshot wound to the head during the incident and was pronounced dead at the scene, the MSP said.
It was not immediately clear if she shot herself or if she was shot in the exchange of gunfire with police.
Officers located a second suspect in the front passenger seat and took her into custody, according to the MSP.
She was described as a 34-year-old woman.
Police said the passenger suffered injuries due to the collision and that she was transported to the hospital.
Investigators then discovered the dead body of a 31-year-old woman inside the trunk of the wrecked vehicle, according to the MSP.
Police said the victim “appears to have trauma that was not a result from the crash.”
No officers or members of the public were injured during the incident.
Investigators said they also recovered a 9mm Glock handgun from inside the suspect vehicle.
Autopsies on both the suspect and the victim found in the trunk are scheduled to be conducted on Monday, according to police.
The MSP said the Detroit Police Department Homicide Task Force is also assisting the Dearborn with the investigation.
“As you can imagine this is a complicated scene and this investigation will take a considerable amount of on scene investigation,” the agency noted.
“Detectives are currently working with Murfreesboro Police Detectives,” the MSP said. “They are also gathering further evidence, executing search warrants and interviewing witnesses.”
The Murfreesboro Police Department (MPD) in Tennessee said it is closely monitoring the incident in Dearborn as part of its investigation into the disappearance of 31-year-old Eleni Kassa, The Detroit News reported.
“[The] Office of Public Information has not released nor confirmed any updated information regarding Murfreesboro missing person Eleni Kassa,” MPD Officer Larry Flowers told the paper.
“Murfreesboro police detectives have been in touch with Michigan State Police, the lead investigating agency, and are awaiting the results of their investigation and including identities of parties involved,” Officer Flowers added.
Kassa was reported missing on Nov. 18 after she failed to pick her daughter up from school, The Detroit News reported.
Her family said she was last seen the morning of Nov. 17.
Police said she could be traveling in a black Dodge Charger, which was spotted in Ohio on Nov. 21.