A 74-year-old man and his 37-year-old daughter were killed in a weekend gunfight as they tried to claim a home they’d purchased in a Wayne County tax auction this fall.
The two, whose names were not released, had a court order in their possession and were trying to evict the people living in the home, located in the 15000 block of Piedmont in Detroit’s historic Rosedale Park area, The Detroit News reports.
It’s unclear if the occupants of the home were the owners who lost it in an October tax sale or squatters.
Neighbors are worried similar encounters may follow. This fall, Wayne County officials began foreclosure actions on 75,000 homes – 62,000 of them in Detroit, and more than half of them occupied – to collect on back taxes.