by: Kyle Mitchell
COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Neighbors of the young father who was killed in a home invasion near Kalamazoo Sunday night are sending their condolences to his family.
The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as 22-year-old Christopher Ryan Lee Neal.
Neighbor Cheryl Little told News 8 on Monday that Neal and his family moved in to their house on Proctor Avenue near King Highway in Comstock Township a couple weeks ago. She had not had a chance to meet them yet.
“I just feel horrible for them,” Little said. “It’s sad.”
Little says she was watching TV with her boyfriend when around 10:45 p.m. when they noticed something was going on.
“First we’d seen all the lights,” Little said. “We were wondering what was going on so my boyfriend came out and he looked and right away the officer said, ‘Sir, get in the house, lock the doors.’ So that’s exactly what we did.”
Someone had broken into the Neal home and taken him hostage. His wife and daughter were able to hide and weren’t hurt.
Neighbor are grateful a suspect was taken into custody. His name has not been released, but authorities say he will face several charges including murder and assault for shooting and injuring three police officers.
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