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Federal Informant Kills 6 Before Shooting Himself

Federal Informant Kills 6 Before Shooting Himself
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A Detroit-based man tapped by authorities as a federal informant conducted a crime spree killing 6 before shooting himself in the head.

The spree began earlier this year with a homicide in River Rouge. Then, on February 2, two more killings linked back to the federal informant. Kenyel Brown worked as a criminal-turned-informant for a task force comprised of Detroit police and officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA.

After discovering Brown’s connection to the pair of February 2 murders, the task force terminated his employment.

However, his spree continued.

It involved three more deaths, in addition to a pair of carjackings that took place on February 19. On Monday, February 24, after news outlets released information about Brown, an adult bookstore employee spotted Brown and notified police.

Police responded, chasing Brown down in Oak Park. They pursued him on foot as he hopped fences to evade officers. He led them through the suburban neighborhood until he apparently determined capture inevitable. He turned the gun on himself and fired a shot into his own head.

However, responding officers rushed him to the hospital. He lived for another four days before succumbing to the gunshot on Friday, February 28.

Anger Over Suspect’s Federal Informant Position

The spree prompts outrage from local officials after hearing of Brown’s status as a federal informant. On October 29 of last year, a federal judge received direction from federal law enforcement to release Brown.

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman followed their direction and released Brown following a probation violation. Apparently, the task force struck a deal with Brown, exchanging his freedom for information.

The spree began just 9 weeks later, culminating in Brown’s suicide.

James Craig, chief of Detroit police, expressed his disappointment in the actions of federal law enforcement regarding Brown’s release. “Someone needs to explain to the families of (Brown’s) victims why this guy was allowed to stay out of prison. I understand the need for informants, but was the information he provided worth six lives?” he said.

A lengthy criminal history dating back to the 90s includes instances of assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest, providing a false identity, and theft of a firearm.

Details about his arrangement with the task force remain classified.

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