Grandmother witnesses teen’s shooting: ‘Senseless’

An undated courtesy photo of Temetrion Hegler.


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Kalamazoo police say a man shot and killed his teenage step-grandson Wednesday after an argument.

Police on the scene of a homicide on Lane Boulevard in Kalamazoo. (Jan. 6, 2016)
Police on the scene of the homicide.

The homicide happened around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday at a house in the 1400 block of Lane Boulevard near March Street where the victim and suspect lived, according to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. By the time first responders go to the scene, 17-year-old Temetrion Hegler lay dead on the floor.

Online Michigan State Police records show Bruce Embry, 53, has been arrested on a count of felony homicide in the case. Police on the scene of the shooting said the suspect was Hegler’s step-grandfather.

Iqullia Hegler, Embry’s wife and Temetrion Hegler’s grandmother, Wednesday night, said she witnessed her husband shoot and kill her grandson.

Just hours after the shooting, she was devastated as she spoke to 24 Hour News 8.

“Couldn’t believe it. When he (Embry) shot him (Hegler) I dropped over him. And then my husband put the gun on me. And I told him, ‘Don’t shoot him no more, shoot me,'” she said.

She said it started with an argument after her grandson had apparently overheard Embry talking with another woman over the phone. She said the fight escalated and that’s when Embry turned violent and shot the teen.

“It’s senseless. It was nothing, ’cause my grandson never did anything to him; was always there for him when he needed him. He’s never disrespected him in no way. At all,” Iqullia Hegler said.

KDPS Chief Jeffrey Hadley said detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection to the shooting.

As police searched the home where the three lived Wednesday afternoon, Temetrion’s family members, many in tears, clutched each other, mourning the loss of the teen taken too soon.

An undated courtesy photo of Temetrion Hegler.
An undated courtesy photo of Temetrion Hegler.

He was a student at Loy Norrix High School. Friends and family said he loved sports, and that he wanted to go to college to be an athlete trainer. They said he just a great kid who would brighten any room by just walking in.

“He was the type of grandson that any grandmother would love to have,” Iquillia Hegler said. “He would give you his shirt off his back. He would do anything you asked him to do.”

“Nice, quiet, polite,” Hegler’s cousin Antoinette Moore said. “Didn’t get in trouble, no police contact, was just a good all-around kid. He did not deserve this. Not at all.”

Embry is being held at the Kalamazoo County Jail and will likely be arraigned on the felony homicide charge sometime this week.

 Bruce Embry's photo from the online Michigan Sex Offender Registry.
Bruce Embry’s photo from the online Michigan Sex Offender Registry.

His wife said she hopes he is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Embry is a registered sex offender, according to the online Michigan Sex Offender Registry. Online records show he was convicted of misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1998. He also has convictions dating back to the early 1980s including misdmeanor assault and felony larceny.

Hadley initially told 24 Hour News 8 that the two people involved in the Wednesday homicide were father and son. He later said he was being told that was not correct.

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