Double murder suspect is in custody

A suspect wanted for a pair of murders committed Thursday night is now in the custody of Indiana authorities.
Zachary Patten turned himself in Friday morning to South Bend Police. Patten, a 32-year-old Portage resident, allegedly shot and killed a 31-year-old woman in a mobile home park in Kalamazoo around 9:30 p.m. Authorities said it appears the woman was not the person at the residence he was attempting to shoot.
Patten then drove to a home in the 16900 block of Featherstone Road in Florence Township, a residence that belonged to his ex-wife.
Police said its occupant, Shane Richardson, 29, was allegedly shot and killed around 10:15 p.m. at point-blank range, according to authorities. Investigators said Richardson is married to Patten’s ex-wife. She and two children were home at the time of the shooting, police said.
Richardson died a short time later at Three Rivers Health.
St. Joseph County Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite said Patten has a criminal history that includes violent crimes. Lillywhite, however, did not elaborate.
After his arrest Friday, Patten was taken to the St. Joseph County, Ind., Metro Homicide unit for questioning. That is where he is currently being held, without bond awaiting extradition to Michigan.
A pair of detectives from the St. Joseph County (Mich.) Sheriff’s Department traveled to South Bend to question Patten, Lillywhite said.
Patten is charged in St. Joseph County (Mich.) with felony murder, open murder and first-degree home invasion. Kalamazoo County officials have yet to file charges. It is unclear what charges, if any, will be leveled against Patten in Indiana.

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