Spc. Kemia Hassel, 22, was arrested by Berrien County officials on Saturday, the Associated Press reported on Monday, and is currently in county jail on a charge of murder of a family member with a gun, according to court records.
Law enforcement officials received a tip that led to Hassel’s arrest, according to a Friday release from the St. Joseph Township Police Department. Two suspects have been detained, though the police declined to release either of their names.
Hassel called 911 on New Year’s Eve to report a shooting involved Sgt. Tyrone Hassel III, 23, just after leaving a family dinner. The Georgia-based soldiers had been visiting Tyrone Hassel’s family in Michigan on holiday leave.
“Everybody loved him,” Tyrone Hassel Jr., the soldier’s father, told Fox 17 after the murder. “Nobody hated him that I can think of. I don’t know why this happened.”
Tyrone Hassel III, a wheeled vehicle mechanic, had made a permanent change-of-station move to Fort Stewart from Fort Carson, Colorado, in December. The couple has a 2-year-old son.
Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at Military Times. She covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other issues affecting service members. Follow on Twitter @Meghann_MT