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Neighbors shocked by manhunt in Granger area


Wednesday Metro Homicide identified the man involved in a Granger manhunt as 31-year-old James Erik Turns.

He was a suspect in the Niles Walmart Arson-Robbery case that happened over the weekend.

Berrien County Police came to talk to him at the home where he lived on Sharpstone Court in Granger Tuesday night and that's when the manhunt began.

Wednesday neighbors said they're surprised by what all unfolded so close to home.

Edward Sawka said, "I was surprised, we rarely hear of anything in the neighborhood."

Sawka lives on Sharpstone Court in Granger, the same street where Turns lived and Tuesday night's manhunt began.

"Which even makes it more astonishing to have something like that right across the street.  Normally your life is pretty simple, to have something of that nature happen, yes, it's very surprising," said Sawka.

Neighbors in the Bridlewood neighborhood, where the manhunt ended are equally surprised.

David Doran said, "It's pretty shocking."

Those who live in Bridlewood said they're now locking their doors since police said before shooting himself Turns tried to get into a home to elude capture.

Kathryn Doran said, "anything can happen anywhere you go but it's def an eye opener for sure...I'm locking everything from now on."  David Doran said, "we're definitely keeping the doors locked."

People in both neighborhoods said this kind of police activity is very unusual.  "We live in a quiet neighborhood and rarely does anything of this magnitude ever happen," said Sawka.

Sawka says his neighbors, Turns' family, are just as quiet as the neighborhood.  "They're nice people but quiet."

He said he's saddened by what's happened to the family across the street.  "I feel terrible for the family that is just something that should happen to no one."

And he hopes nothing like this ever happens again in his neighborhood.  "We don't need this on a regular basis that's for sure."

The family who lives in the home in the Bridlewood Neighborhood, where Turns is suspected of killing himself put a sign on their door saying they didn't want to talk to the media.  Another neighbor told us they need their space.


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