Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee’s brother killed in shooting, sheriff says

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Tim Kildee was shot and killed early Tuesday morning in Genesee County, Michigan.

Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee’s brother, Tim Kildee, was killed in a shooting early Tuesday in Genesee County, Michigan, according to local authorities.

A source familiar with the investigation told ABC News that the suspect, also named Tim Kildee, is the son of victim Tim Kildee and the congressman’s nephew. According to the source, he had no history of any other criminal behavior, but he had mental health and substance abuse issues.

Dan Kildee issued a brief statement, requesting privacy and saying his family is “saddened and heartbroken.”

“There are no words to describe the loss of a beloved brother and family member, especially in such a terrible tragedy,” said Dan Kildee, D-Mich. “I thank the community for respecting my family’s privacy during this very difficult time.”

A person police believe is the suspect was taken into custody Tuesday morning, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said during a Press conference.

The sheriff’s office is investigating three crime scenes it believes are related, and Swanson described the incident as a “story of violence.”

“Clearly this is tragic and involves other family members, but we will continue to provide not only answers to questions, but comfort to the family,” the sheriff said.

After the shooting, where only one shot was fired, the victim’s vehicle was stolen from the driveway of the home and about eight minutes later a “high-impact accident” occurred, Swanson said.

The person police believe is the suspect is in custody but in the hospital after the crash, Swanson said. Two other people in a pickup truck were hit but did not suffer serious injuries, according to the sheriff.

The suspect, who police say has serious injuries, has not yet been charged and is hospitalized with a sheriff’s guard until proceedings can continue, Swanson said.

An investigation is ongoing, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said during the news conference.

ABC News’ Cheryl Gendron contributed to this report.

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