Man accused of 6 fatal shootings near Detroit tried to kill self to avoid arrest, police say

Kenyel William Brown, 40, is a suspect in six homicides, a non-fatal shooting and two carjackings that took place near Detroit between Jan. 8 and Feb. 22. (Source: U.S. Marshals Service/CNN)

DETROIT (WXYZ/CNN) - A Detroit fugitive accused of six fatal shootings is in custody but in critical condition after police say he shot himself in an attempt to avoid arrest.

Detroit Police say 40-year-old Kenyel William Brown is a suspect in the homicides, a non-fatal shooting and two carjackings. The incidents occured between Jan. 8 and Feb. 22.

Brown has been wanted since January, but he has been on the run.

A book store clerk in the city recognized Brown and called authorities Monday afternoon. When officers tried to arrest the suspect, he evaded them long enough to shoot himself in the head.

He survived the gunshot and is being treated at a local hospital.

A woman who may have been helping Brown while he was a fugitive was also arrested.

“It’s not over,” said Police Chief James Craig. “There’s others that we believe have been involved in trying to conceal him, and we’re going to take a look at them as well.”

On Sunday, police got a tip Brown was hiding out possibly in the basement of an apartment building in Highland Park, near Detroit. Authorities executed a search warrant of the building, but Brown wasn’t there.

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