July 7th, 2011
11:59 PM ET

Police: Suspect in 7 Michigan slayings kills himself

A man who held several people hostage in Grand Rapids, Michigan, killed himself, Police Chief Kevin Belk said Thursday night.

The man, identified as Rodrick Dantzler, is suspected of killing seven people, including two children.

He ran into a home after a roughly 15-minute chase from the police and a standoff ensued, before he shot himself to death, police said.


Filed under: Crime • Michigan
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  1. DN3

    Ridiculous! Why do these people have to go after innocent people??? Can't they target someone who deserves it?? Casey Anthony comes to mind... RIP to all the victims.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Aeroman

      Casey Anthony was found not guilty. Explain why she deserves something like that? The prosicution in that case couldn't prove she did it, which means there is a chance she didn't. So, unless you know something they don't or you think you could do a better job, lay off the judgement.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Sambo

      Seems to me that Ms. Anthony was found not guilty by a jury of her peers that was approved by both she and the state attorney of Florida. Why then, are you advocating the slaughter of innocent people. Not guilty = innocent in the US of A. Don't like it? Change the laws.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Aeroman


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    • jeff

      Not guiltly means just that: not guilty. The law defines "guilty" as "The state of being deemed responsible for the commission of a crime, either as a result of a plea or the adjudication of a judge or jury." The law makes no claims as to her innocence.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • ArizonaYankee

      Too all you goodie 2 shoes respondents, OJ was Not Guilty too, but guess what ? He did it, and so did Casey. She is off because the jury felt it could be an accident, which was never proven and the Judge even told them that an accident was not a consideration as suggested by her lawyer Baez. This woman is guilty as sin, and only most of you, a blind person and her jury didn't see it.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Sambo

      Exactly. And DN3 is quite hypocritical with his spew above. In one sentence, he refers to innocent people, then says that CA would have been a suitable target. How about G.W. Bush? Now there's a suitable target that isn't innocent!

      July 8, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Casey Anthony

      Thanks to Jose my jury was rigged with morons and although the jury was too incompetent to understand reasonable doubt, i will not be held accountable for the death of my child, whether thru negligence or malicious intent. i agree that some serial killer or nut should target me since I truly deserve it regardless of what 12 pinheads think.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Sambo

      AZ Yankee: You seem to possess some sort of evidence or proof to contradict the results of 2 infamous court cases. Why are you now speaking up? Where were you weeks ago when you and your esteemed information could have changed the fate of one defendant? Sit down and shut up. Go sniff some more of that Arizona dust.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      "you think you could do a better job"

      It's likely that tens of millions of Americans feel they could.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • johnessj

      im surprise he didnt go out shootn polices. guess his beef aint with the cops, hope u find peace along with the ppl live u wasted on the other side. again aint no woman in the world worlth killn over. u either die r stuck in jail or on the run, while she out having fun! somebody write a song about !!

      July 8, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. jack

    Had he only killed his girlfriend, he could have walked like OJ.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Erica

    I live in GR too and we need corprol punishment just for SOB's like this guy, but he took the cowards way out. I hope he rotts eternally!

    July 8, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • T

      Capital u mean

      July 8, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. brown

    Die Humans!

    July 8, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. MaryAnn

    People don't have any self restraint these days! The courts are a joke! Look at Casey Anthony! It's ok to kill your child and hide the body but just don't lie about it!

    July 8, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • david

      Oops, she was found 'not guilty'. You might want to check the news.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Casey Anthony

      @David, are you really that obtuse? You think that 12 pinheads who misconstrue reasonable doubt and who are unable to connect the dots and deduce the truth by rendering a dubious verdict which at best serves as a perfect example of a travesty of justice equates to me being innocent? I am guilty in reality just not according to 12 morons. Juries, like you, are examples of the mediocrity that has become America to a large degree. Enjoy, i know i will.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • GinnyL

      #Casey: She was judged as not guilty. She was not judged as innocent.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Sambo

      Explain the difference, Ginny.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Casey Anthony

      @Ginny, that's my point, are you just another bonehead online?

      July 8, 2011 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Casey Anthony


      not guilty in legalese means that the burden of proof has not been met, for example, a theist claims that god exists but the atheist rejects this claim due to insufficient evidence.

      not innocent has no legal definition, just colloquial usage which for most rational minded people means that although evidence may be lacking to definitively prove to 12 morons of someone's obvious guilt, the person is more than likely the culprit but will not be held legally accountable.

      in closing, since the atheist is correct about the non existence of a supernatural being, there will be no judgement of myself when i die so in effect i will never be held accountable unless somebody targets my guilty @ss in this one and only life. get it dumbo?

      July 8, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sharky

    Dear jerk, I'm sorry you had a difficult life and lots of problems, but thank you for saving us the pain of a trial and the expense of your incarceration. Better luck next time around.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Patricia D

      Pretty well said. I have nothing else to add.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • arbor86

      I would add one thing... Next time you start a shooting spree, shoot yourself first.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip Porembski

    the only way you can put people in jail and prison is if people break the law so you do want people to break the law unlike you say because you do put people in jail and prison. or dont listen to what daddy says thing huh pshh .. this foo 'dont break the law, but if i really didnt want you too i wouldnt put people in jail and prison cuz u have to for me too' shouldnt break the law. dont listen to what they say then refering to 'unlike you say' = dont listen to what we say than ibetchya i can even say this stuff and it has nothing to do with the law still... let me guess it doesnt matter if i tell you not to break it or not you shouldnt... so you want people to break the law than... best believe its cuz their completely terrified of hell, once it kinda licks what their doing... their in hell.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Wow your grammar and sentence structure made that extremely understandable lol!

      July 8, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Cris

      same here, i'm so taken aback by your scholarly grammar & puncuation...can't believe they gave you an Internet connection....stay off.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel


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  8. MI Lawyer

    MI is not, technically, a three strikes state. A felon, upon his third conviction for a HIGH SEVERITY felony (class A, B, C, or D) can be sentenced to life or any term of years regardless of the crime. That is not the case for a felony that falls into a lower crime class. So really, you're both right (sort of).

    July 8, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. ArizonaYankee


    Exactly. And DN3 is quite hypocritical with his spew above. In one sentence, he refers to innocent people, then says that CA would have been a suitable target. How about G.W. Bush? Now there's a suitable target that isn't innocent!
    Hey Axxhole, you forgot Obama, Holder, Napalitano and most of this worthless administration that is destroying us. Bush may not have been great, but the aforementioned are EVIL.....All of them..

    July 8, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • John Doe

      Thing is, you'll have the majority agreeing with you that Bush was not great, but the majority will also ridicule your statement regarding Obama being evil. Now, ask yourself this, based on those statistics, who's worse?

      July 8, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      It's likely that Bush will be rated as one of the worst presidents ever. Bush was a bumbling failure at almost everything he impacted. He likely left the worst mess that any president has left with the possible exception of Hoover.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • yuri pelham

      No No No!! Bush Cheney Rumsfeld evil and incompetent. Obama a phony incompetent. Let YOU be the judge of who elected these unqualified people. And we are in for worse. The obomination of Obama who despite his inadequacies tops the Republican field of the most mediocre group of people running for anything much less president.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. Name*mary

    This is a very sad Thing. This man took so many lives and terrified a family and hurt so many others. Please let's not make this drawn out ordeal. He took his life he is now no longer a threath to anyone anymore.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tsimbi

    Best news of the day.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. KC

    Who were these people to him? Did he know any of them?

    July 8, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. TvNYC

    I love America!

    July 8, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. yuri pelham

    Insane!! He's not a "suspect". He obviously did it. He's a murderer. There is no other possibility unless this is a twilight zone episode. Call it like it is. Unbelievable you call him a suspect. Better you could call Osama Bin Laden a suspect re 9/11.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. TvNYC

    It's too bad people are doing more drugs today than ever. Stop doing drugs and get your life straightened out. That is what my intention is. Take care everyone.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
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