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UPDATE | KCSO Conducting Death in Investigation in Gaines Township

April 28th, 2022 4:55 pm

UPDATE | April 29th, 2022 at 2:00pm

On April 28, 2022, at 1:59 PM, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office was contacted to check the wellbeing of a resident at 563 Sunbrook Drive, SE in Gaines Township. Due to the information provided, deputies entered the home and located a 49-year-old male, later identified as Aung Myint Tun, deceased from a gunshot wound.

Detectives were called to the scene to investigate the suspicious death and were outside the residence waiting for a search warrant when the victim’s 18-year-old son, Htet Walar Tun, drove up to the front of the residence. Detectives made contact with Htet and he refused verbal commands to unlock the door and exit the vehicle. Detectives opened the driver’s door and immediately saw a rifle next to Htet. After Htet grabbed the rifle, several detectives entered the vehicle to try and secure the weapon. Detective Nathan Stanton grabbed the barrel of the gun to prevent it from being pointed at anyone, when Htet fired a round causing a muzzle blast injury to Detective Stanton’s hand. No one was struck by the bullet. The detective was transported by law enforcement to University of Michigan Health-West. He was treated, released, and is recovering at home with the expectation of full recovery. Detective Stanton has been with KCSO 4 years.

Htet was taken into custody without further incident and was lodged at the Kent County Correctional Facility on the charges of Open Murder, three counts of Felonious Assault, Assault on a Police Officer, all pending review by the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office.

An autopsy was performed this morning and the manner of death is a homicide.


GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich:  Around 2:00pm deputies were called to the 500 block of Sunbrook Dr SE for a welfare check of a person.  While on scene deputies located a deceased adult male inside.  Detectives were summoned to the scene.  While detectives were on scene investigating a subject arrived in a vehicle near the home being investigated.  Detectives went out to make contact with the driver and noticed a rifle in his possession.  A struggle ensued over the rifle, the driver fired the rifle, which resulted in a hand injury to a detective.  

The detective was taken by fellow officers to an area hospital and is in stable condition.  The suspect was taken into custody without further incident.  The suspect is a 19-year-old adult male.  The initial death investigation remains under investigation as the KCSO works to learn what led up to the death.


If you have information that could help to move the investigation forward, please call the KCSO at 616-632-6125, or call Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 to report information safely and anonymously.


Contact: Sgt. Eric Brunner | 616.914.8481
Incident: 22-118942