Suspect in fatal Benton Harbor shooting has criminal past

New details have emerged about the man suspected of fatally shooting a man in Benton Harbor on Friday morning.

Police say 30-year-old Roy Thompson was arrested for the murder of  53-year-old David Krieger.

Thompson was already on probation for another crime in 2013.

Friday’s incident began at the Krieger’s family business Michiana Supply, INC.

Police say Krieger confronted Thompson in the parking lot after Krieger saw him kicking a neighbor’s dog.

Thompson then pulled out a gun, and fatally struck Krieger in the chest.

“This was random. They didn’t know one another, Mr. Krieger saw him kicking the dog and was asking him to stop and that’s when he pulled out a gun and shot him in the chest,” said Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey.

When police arrived to Milton Street, Thompson had already taken off.

Thompson was hiding under a mile away in a home on Agard Avenue. Police found and arrested him around 2 p.m. Friday.

“They were able to come up with information to identify the suspect and received information that he was at this residence and they were able to go there and take him into custody without any incident,” said Sheriff Bailey.

Thompson is being charged with four felonies. But, this isn’t his first brush with the law.

in September of 2013 he was put on probation for carrying a concealed weapon. His probation was set to be lifted in October of next year.

Thompson was also in trouble in late 2005 for possession of marijuana. Both offenses took place in Berrien County.

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