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UPDATE: Person of Interest in Walmart arson case identified


The St. Joseph County Prosecutor has released the name of the man who police believe was involved in the Walmart Arson case from Sunday.  The Prosecutor's Office says 31-year-old James Turns was found dead outside a Granger home.

St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Commander Tim Corbett said it all started when Berrien County police officers visited a home on Sharpstone Court in the Saddlebrook neighborhood of Granger to talk to a person of interest in the case.  Corbett said the suspect ran out of the house and officers chased him for 45 minutes.

During the chase the Turns attempted to carjack a woman at gunpoint.  Corbett said she was not harmed.

Then the Turns reportedly tried to enter a home through the back door on Old Colony Drive in the Bridlewood neighborhood of Granger.  Corbett said a man living at that home heard a rattling at his back door then heard a gunshot.  He then found the suspect dead outside his home from a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Corbett said inside the home at the time were the man, his wife, and three children.  No one in the home was injured.

Corbett said at this time they do not believe there was any connection between the suspect and the home he tried to enter in Bridlewood.  Corbett believes it was a random home the suspect was trying to enter to "elude capture."

Neighbors were shocked that something like this could happen so close to them.  Neighbor, David Doran said this is the type of neighborhood where everyone feels safe and secure.  "It's pretty shocking," Doran said, "I was just talking to my brother-in-law yesterday because they leave their slider door open, because they have cat that like to go out, and I said you need to lock the doors and my brother said, ah this is Granger, nothing happens here."  David's daughter, Kathryn Doran says it is unnerving to think something could have happened to one of her loved ones.  "Yeah, it is pretty scary," Kathryn said, "considering I have three cousins that live here that are still in school and it is just scary to think that something could happen to one of them or anyone in my family for that matter."

Corbett said they will remain on scene until the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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