By the Voice Staff
A 30-year-old Mt. Morris man has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Port Huron police lieutenant.
Joshua Michael Bauman was arraigned Aug. 25 at the St. Clair County Intervention Center on multiple charges, including first-degree murder, two counts of assault with intent to murder, first-degree home invasion and felony firearms.
(Off-duty Port Huron Police Lieutenant Joel Wood was killed in a triple shooting early Friday morning on Atkins Road in Clyde Township. Courtesy of WXYZ-TV Detroit | Channel 7 and YouTube. Posted on Aug 24, 2018.)
He was denied bond, officials from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office said.
A probably cause hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 4 at the 72nd District Court in Port Huron. A preliminary exam is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 11.
St. Clair County sheriff’s deputies received a call of shots fired with multiple victims in the 4700 block of Atkins Road shortly before 1 a.m. Aug. 24, St. Clair County Undersheriff Tom Buckley said in a news release.
When they arrived in the area, deputies located a 29-year-old woman and a 57-year-old man who had both sustained gunshot wounds.
The woman had run to the man’s residence and pounded on his door, attempting to get away from the suspect, police said.
The suspect chased and shot the woman, as well as the neighbor. Both were transported to McLaren Port Huron hospital by Tri-Hospital EMS.
(Learn More. Courtesy of WXYZ-TV Detroit | Channel 7 and YouTube. Posted on Aug 24, 2018.)
Further investigation led to an apartment in the area, where authorities found a man dead from multiple gunshot wounds.
Deputies were able to determine the victim, Port Huron Police Lt. Joel Wood, was visiting the woman when the attack occurred.
While deputies attended to the victims, it was determined the suspect had fled into the woods.
Port Huron police officers, a K-9 unit from the department and deputies from the sheriff’s office searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.
Detectives from the sheriff’s office, along with members of the Port Huron Police Major Crimes Unit continued the investigation, which led to the suspect being located at a gas station on Telegraph Road in Southfield shortly before 5 a.m.
The suspect was arrested without incident and transported to the St. Clair County Intervention and Detention Center.
The Marysville Police Department, Michigan State Police troopers, the MSP Crime Lab and the Southfield Police Department also assisted in the investigation.
Kimball Township Fire and Rescue responded to the scene of the shooting.
Editor’s note: Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Lt. Wood, both blood and blue. Thank you Sir for serving the citizens of Port Huron with pride and distinction.