On July 3, 2018 the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety obtained the first arrest warrant for TARONE DEVON WASHINGTON, B/M 22 years old

1) Assault w/intent to Murder

2) Felony Firearms.  This warrant was issued as a result of the investigation related to the shooting on Sunday July 1, 2018  on Edgecumbe near N. McCord in the city of Benton Harbor.

A person of interest as it relates to this investigation is DeCOREY MONTE HARRIS JR, B/M 24 years old.  He is currently listed as an Absconder from Parole.

Law enforcement is seeking assistance from the community in helping us locate both WASHINGTON and HARRIS.  Anyone with information as to their whereabouts is asked to call the Benton Harbor Tip line at (269) 927-0293.

(7-1-18) At approximately 1:30am, BHDPS officers were breaking up a house party in the 1000 block of Lavette.  While in the area, officers heard several gunshots coming from the 900 block of Lavette. There was originally no indication there was a shooting.  A few minute later, Berrien County Dispatch advised BHDPS that there was a victim at Lakeland who was shot on Lavette. Officers later discovered that there was one black male subject who had been shot multiple times in the 900 block of Lavette.  He has paased away since the incident,  the victim is 22 year old ANDRE SANDERS.


While officers were actively working the shooting on Lavette, a call came in at around  3:30am regarding multiple gunshots being fired on Edgecumbe near Forest.  BHDPS officers responded to the area and discovered the scene to be in chaos. Berrien County SD, Benton Township Police Department and St. Joseph DPS also responded to Edgecumbe to assist bringing order to the scene.  It was later discovered that three subjects had been shot at the scene (2 male subjects and 1 female). There were multiple shell casings found indicating the possibility of multiple weapons being fired. All victims were transported to Lakeland Hospital. One subject later expired from his wound. The other two are in surgery and are in critical condition.

These cases are being actively investigated.  It is currently unknown whether these incidents are related.

Names of victims in this incident:

JOSEPH “JO-JO” TYSON, (26)  – Deceased
ROBERT ANTHONY WHITE JR. (26) – Still in surgery from last update
NATASHA RENEE HILL (34) – is recovering from surgery 

BHDPS is being assisted in the investigation by the Michigan State Police Major Case Team, the Berrien County Homicide Task Force and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force. We want to thank BCSD, MSP, Benton Township PD, and SJDPS for their assistance.

  • BHDPS is looking for any one who has information regarding these incidents.  Anyone with information is asked to please call the BHDPS Tip Line at (269) 927-0293.