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Harrison Township

Published August 15, 2014

Harrison Township shootings ruled murder/suicide

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office confirmed this afternoon that the Aug. 14 shootings at a Harrison Township apartment was the result of a murder/suicide.

According to Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, sometime in the early morning hours, Anne Marie Goodell, 50, fired three rounds from a 9 mm hand gun, fatally striking Troy Richard Benjamin, 40. Goodell then allegedly turned the gun on herself, taking her own life.

Autopsies were performed Aug. 15, and the Macomb County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the deaths homicide/suicide, which Wickersham said corroborated the findings of investigators.

“This is a very sad situation and our hearts and prayers go out to both families,” Wickersham said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the apartment in the 36000 block of Gordon Lane off of Union Lake Road at approximately 3:44 p.m., Aug. 14. The individual who reported the deaths was Goodell’s daughter, officials said.

At the scene, deputies observed that there were no signs of a break-in at the residence, and several neighbors reported hearing gunshots at around 3 a.m., however no one contacted police at that time.

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