GRPD: Man found dead on SW side was shot

Letellier SW, Grand Rapids, death investigation
The area off Letellier Street SW in Grand Rapids where a man was found dead on April 19, 2017.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say a man whose body was found on Grand Rapids’ southwest side on Wednesday was the victim of a homicide.

The Kent County Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and ruled the man was killed by a gunshot, according to a Thursday release from the Grand Rapids Police Department.

Officers were called to the 600 block of Letellier Street SW, west of Front Avenue, shortly afternoon noon Wednesday on a report that a man was on the ground and not breathing. When they got there, they found the man had blood on his face.

The name of the 54-year-old man has not yet been released pending notification of his family.

Police say they are still investigating. They have not yet released any information about whether they have a suspect or a possible motive behind the killing.

Anyone with information is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.