Sheriff's office: Sanilac County home invasion suspect found han - WNEM TV 5

Sheriff's office: Sanilac County home invasion suspect found hanging in cell

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Preston Jack (left) and Stephen Shimmel (right) Preston Jack (left) and Stephen Shimmel (right)
GREENLEAF TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

One of the men charged in the Sanilac County home invasion that happened Sunday morning hanged himself in jail, the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office said.

Stephen Shimmel, 47, of Flint, was found hanging in the corner of his cell on Nov. 21, the sheriff's office said.

He was pronounced dead about 10 p.m. on Tuesday from self-inflicted injuries.

Shimmel was arrested in connection to a home invasion that happened about 5 a.m. on the 4300 block of Holbrook Road in Greenleaf Township on Sunday.

The incident left two people dead and another injured.

A caller told 911 dispatchers three men broke into his home and shot him in the leg. The caller said gunfire was returned and one or more suspects were shot. 

One of the suspects died at the home and the others fled on foot, police said. 

When officers arrived at the house, a vehicle was found in the ditch at Holbrook Road and S. Germania Road. Inside the vehicle was a Flint man who died from a gunshot wound, police said. 

The vehicle was reported stolen from the Flint area in October.

Shimmel and Preston Jack, 30, were charged in connection to the incident.

They were both charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, conspiracy to commit assault with intent to murder, armed robbery resulting in serious injury, two counts of assault with intent to rob while armed, and other charges.

They were arraigned on Tuesday and held in the Sanilac County Jail without bond.

Shimmel was placed in a single occupant cell and most of the cell is viewable by a security camera, the sheriff's office said.

There was less than 15 minutes from the last time Shimmel was seen moving on the camera to the cell check when he was found hanging outside the view of the camera, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies began life-saving efforts before turning him over to responding EMS, but were not able to revive him.

"We are saddened by this unfortunate incident and offer our condolences to the family. We are working diligently to answer the family's questions with transparency to bring them closure," Sheriff Garry Biniecki said.

Investigators believe the motive was robbery of a medical marijuana grow operation.

The Sanilac County Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation.

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