‘Person of interest’ in brutal murder of star neurosurgeon is arrested ‘on unrelated charges’
BREAKING NEWS: ‘Person of interest’ in brutal murder of star neurosurgeon found dead and wrapped in sheet in attic of his $1.2M Detroit home is arrested ‘on unrelated charges’
- A person of interest has been arrested in the brutal murder of neurosurgeon Dr Devon Hoover
- The star doctor was shot multiple times in the head before being discovered wrapped in a sheet in the attic of his mansion
- A medical examiner officially ruled the death as a homicide, as friends and former patients continue to mourn the top doctor
A ‘person of interest’ has been arrested in the brutal murder of a star neurosurgeon shot multiple times in the head before being found in the attic of his mansion.
Dr. Devon Hoover, 53, was gunned down in what cops initially said was likely a domestic incident that turned deadly.
Detroit police announced the development Friday, and said they are ‘confident’ the arrested man ‘has information about what transpired’. The individual is being held in custody on charges unrelated to the doctor’s death.
The beloved doctor was discovered Sunday after police carried out a welfare check when he failed to show up for a family party in Indiana, reports Fox 2.
Authorities initially said Hoover was shot once, however a medical examiner discovered Thursday he was shot multiple times in the head. His cause of death was officially determined as a homicide.
Dr. Devon Hoover, pictured, was shot multiple times in the head before he was discovered wrapped in a sheet in his attic
Law enforcement are reportedly zeroing in on a ‘person of interest’ in the shooting. Pictured: A Michigan State Police forensics laboratory
Speaking after the arrest, Detroit Police Chief James White said the arrested man and Hoover knew each other, but declined to go into detail over the nature of their relationship.
‘This was not a random act’, added White.
The official did not divulge a possible motive for the killing, but said his department has ‘some theories’.
‘Right now, we’re happy to have a person of interest who we can question,’ he said. ‘We’re not going to stop until we have every piece of information that we need.’
Reports indicate there were no signs of forced entry in Hoover’s $1.2 million Detroit mansion. He was believed to live alone, and his car was later discovered stranded on the west side of Detroit.
The killing stunned the doctor’s friends, colleagues and former patients, who spoke in glowing terms about the 53-year-old.
His former neighbor, Roland Radinski, who lives in a $3.2 million home built by K-Mart founder SS Kresge on Hoover’s opulent street, told DailyMail.com he ‘never had an argument’ with the surgeon in 15 years of knowing him.
He added those who knew the top doctor had ‘nothing but good things to say about him’, a notion echoed by many as tributes pour in for the slain surgeon.
‘We, the family of Devon Hoover, wish to express our profound sadness at the loss of a beloved son, brother, and uncle,’ Hoover’s relatives said in a statement.
‘We grieve his untimely death and will miss him greatly. We are so grateful for the many words of kindness and stories from people who were touched by his life. He was a gift from God and used his talents to bless many.’
A neighbor said the neurosurgeon lived alone, but was an ‘anchor of the block’ and was ‘extremely involved in the neighborhood’
The top doctor was described as ‘wonderful’ by friends, family and former patients
The neurosurgeon’s death stunned the lavish neighborhood where he lived for decades, in the historic Boston-Edison district of Detroit.
The lucrative area is one of the most upscale neighborhoods in the city, and according to its website, numerous Michigan celebrities including heavyweight boxer Joe Louis and music legend Barry Gordy.
Hoover’s neighbor, Jonathan Shearrod, told the Detroit News: ‘It’s going to take some time to wrap your head around what has happened.’
He said the renowned neurosurgeon lived alone, but was an ‘anchor of the block’ and was ‘extremely involved in the neighborhood’, regularly hosting parties and functions in his lavish home.
‘I just can’t imagine anyone experiencing that in their home or just having to face that kind of terror where you live.’