BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Police have released the name of a man whose body was found in his burned Battle Creek home on New Year’s Day.
Officers are considering 58-year-old Howard Leon Gillette’s death suspicious. In a Wednesday news release, the Battle Creek Police Department said it determined Gillette died from gunshot wounds, and someone possibly used an accelerant in the fire that damaged his home.
Firefighters were called to Gillette’s home in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day. They called in police about a half hour later, when crews found Gillette’s body inside the burned home, located in the 200 block of Graves Street south of Parkway Drive.
Gillette's neighbors say they were shocked by the news. There were mixed opinions among neighbors who spoke with 24 Hour News 8 about the type of person Gillette was.