Man Arrested In Fatal Shooting Of 3-Year-Old Boy On Southfield Freeway

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By WWJ Newsradio 950

DETROIT (WWJ) - Michigan State Police say a suspect has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a toddler along the Southfield Freeway in Detroit.

The 24-year-old Detroit man turned himself in at Detroit Police Headquarters, according MSP First Lt. Mike Shaw, and is being held with charges pending. 

Although an investigation is ongoing, this appears to have been a case of road rage. 

While riding in the back seat of his godmother's Dodge Journey along northbound M-39 around last Thursday evening, 3-year-old Christian "CJ" Miller was struck by a bullet between the shoulder blades. He died in the hospital Friday. 

Authorities released surveillance footage of a sedan that pulled up alongside the victim's vehicle near Joy Rd. -- the driver firing a single shot. On Tuesday, MSP recovered a 2014-2016 Mercedes believed to be the suspect vehicle.

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Lt. Shaw said the suspect was apparently upset by something the godmother had done behind the wheel. She was not aware of that, Shaw said, and did not engage.

It's unclear at this time if the suspect knew there was a child in the vehicle, or where he was aiming when he opened fire.

The suspect's family talked him into turning himself in, police said; and Christian's father, Richard Miller, is glad of that.

"Because I know that the guy that did this to my child is locked up for the rest of his life. As long as I live, I'm going to make sure he don't ever see the light of day," the grieving dad said.

Richard Miller told WWJ's Sandra McNeill: "Everything I loved was in that little 3-year-old boy, and I can't get him back." 

"These guys need to grow up, man up, and stop picking up guns to settle their disputes," he added. "...You know -- if this is him -- hey, he deserves what he's fixin' to get."

Police said the suspect has a criminal history, but would not elaborate. His name is being withheld until formal charges are filed. 

The child's funeral will be private.