LANSING TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) — A 22-year-old Lansing Township man died Thursday of an apparent gunshot to the head, Lansing Township Police said Friday. Police have arrested a 31-year-old man whom they detained in the backyard of the crime scene.

Police also confirmed that drug had been involved and that the shooting was not random.

Lansing Township police responded to a 911 call at 10:23 p.m. Thursday at 249 N. Catherine St.

The person called a second time, moments later, and said gunshots had been fired.

Police tell us they were responding to the report of a break-in, but when they arrived, the scene changed to a shooting.

When they arrived at the house, police said they did not get a response from anyone inside or see anything initially that looked suspicious.

WLNS is on the scene this morning. There is still a large police presence. (Photo by Rae Sherman)

While checking the outside of the office, police found and detained the 31-year-old man in the backyard of the house. He told officers someone in the house had been shot.

The female caller then came out of the house and told police that someone had been shot, and that she did not know whether anyone else was inside. At that that time, officers went into the house and found the 22-year-old Lansing Township man lying at the base of the staircase.

He was pronounced dead at 10:48 p.m.

The Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory processed the scene and collected several pieces of evidence. They recovered a firearm that they believe was involved.

On Thursday evening, there were at least five police vehicles, an ambulance and a fire truck responding to the homicide.

Roads were blocked off at the corner of West Ionia Street and Catherine Street, and the corner of West Michigan Avenue and Catherine Street.

This incident is still under investigation.

Lansing Township Police have asked anyone with information about the incident to contact Detective Randy Volosky at 517-999-0291, or by email at

This is a developing story. 6 News will provide updates as more information becomes available.