Detroit teen charged with killing man he thought cut line at haunted house
A Detroit teenager has been charged with fatally shooting a man he accused of cutting the line at a haunted house in Michigan, police said.
Damon Parker Terrelle, 17, was busted Saturday in the Sept. 27 murder of a 29-year-old Detroit man he thought jumped the line in front of him outside the Erebus Haunted House in Pontiac, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said late Sunday.
Terrelle, who was no known prior criminal record, was taken into custody in Michigan near the Indiana border without incident.
The teen was arraigned later Saturday on charges including first-degree murder, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony and carrying a concealed weapon. A judge ordered held him without bail, authorities said.
Two days earlier, a $2,000 reward was announced as Terrelle was named as a suspect in the fatal shooting at the haunted house, where the victim, identified by MLive.com as Douglas Reese, and his girlfriend told deputies a man in front of them would not move while waiting in line.
“The victim and the suspect exchanged words as the suspect thought the victim had cut in line ahead of him,” deputies said in a statement. “The suspect and victim went separately to the parking lot.”
Witnesses then reported hearing shots fired outside the attraction, where Reese was shot in the side, neck and chest before a blue sedan sped off, deputies said.
Reese was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Terrelle’s next date in court had yet to be scheduled as of Sunday, deputies said.
The four-story haunted house in downtown Pontiac, which features more than a half-mile of “terrifying thrills” indoors, is one of the world’s largest haunted attractions, according to its website.
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