Gunshot, not heart attack, cause in SW Mich. death

BLOOMINGDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – A single gunshot wound to the chest – not a heart attack as originally believed – was the cause of a Van Buren County man’s death, according to sheriff’s officials investigating the homicide.

Scott Michael Taylor Sr., 56, of Bloomingdale, was found slumped over and unresponsive by his son and a family friend early Thursday morning at a home in the 14000 block of 45th Street near Great Bear Lake in Bloomingdale Township, sheriff’s officials said.

Taylor’s son called 911 after finding his father – who was known to have heart problems – thinking he might have had a heart attack.

Initially, investigators did not release Taylor’s cause of death.

But Friday, the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office said Taylor had been fatally shot – and a person of interest in the homicide had been developed.

Investigators would not release the name or gender of the person of interest, and would only say he or she is an “acquaintance” of Taylor who had known Taylor for “the past several months.”

The sheriff’s office is still trying to determine a motive in the shooting, a release from the department said.

Anyone with information should call the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at 269.657.3101 or Silent Observer at 866.774.2345. Tips can also be texted to the sheriff’s office at CRIMES (274637) with the keyword VBCTIP.

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