Clayton County Police, U.S. Marshals, and Detroit Police arrested Brandon Williams-Griffin at 7 D's Towing in Detroit, MI June 17, 2022. (Photo: Google Maps)

A man who police say shot and killed his father in Rex on June 14 and who has been the subject of a manhunt this week was arrested in Detroit and is being extradited to Clayton County.

Brandon Charles Williams-Griffin was arrested at 1 p.m. Friday, June 17 while trying to buy a car during a sting operation, Fox 2 Detroit reports.

The U.S. Marshals, Clayton County Police, and Detroit Police all took part in Williams-Griffin’s capture when he showed up to buy a car at a towing company on the East Side.

A witness told Fox 2 Detroit that an armored vehicle (described as a “tank”) also was on scene and that police cars had closed off the street in front of 7 D’s Towing. We are working to learn more about the arrest.

According to CCPD, Williams-Griffin got into an argument with his father, Joseph Griffin, 78, in the 3500 block of Meadow Ridge Court, then allegedly shot and killed his father before fleeing.

Williams-Griffin also had absconded from probation on drug charges, according to Michigan Department of Corrections records. Earlier, CCPD had said Williams-Griffin “may have warrants for his arrest out of Michigan.”

Here in Clayton County, CCPD says, he is wanted for malice murder, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. No court date had been set as of press time and the possession of a weapon by a convicted felon charge did not show in online court records. Williams-Griffin is considered innocent of all charges until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

The case remains under investigation.


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Robin Kemp

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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