K-9 finds suspect after woman killed in Wyoming

Leticia Vela
An undated courtesy photo of Leticia Vela.


WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Police are investigating a homicide that happened on Wyoming’s north side early New Year’s Day.

Friends and family identified the woman killed as 25-year-old Leticia Vela, who went by Letii.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting at a home in the 2100 block of Lee Street SW, just east of Lamar Park, around 4:45 a.m. Monday, according to a release from the Wyoming Department of Public Safety.

Photo: Police at the scene of the homicide on Lee Street SW.

Vela died at the scene.

Authorities say she had been shot by a 37-year-old man who also lived at the home. The suspect left the home on foot after the shots were fired.

“(Officers) were able to gather information quickly at the scene and were able to set up a perimeter,” Wyoming DPS Lt. Timothy Pols said. “They utilized a K-9 to track the suspect. The suspect was located approximately a mile away from the incident location.”

Police also recovered a weapon in that area.

Further details on the shooting were not immediately released, but police say it was an isolated incident.

Police have not released the suspect’s identity pending arraignment — which is expected to happen Wednesday morning —  and said the relationship between the victim and suspect is under investigation.

“I don’t know all those circumstances or the exact nature of the suspect and the victim other than the fact that they did live together,” Pols said.

Vela’s family and friends expressed their grief in Facebook posts Monday. They remembered her as not only a mother but also a sister, daughter, cousin, friend and beloved family member.

–24 Hour News 8’s Katherine Ducharme contributed to this report.