Investigation reveals murder/attempted suicide in Irons

IRONS — After an extensive investigation by the officers with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Michigan State Police, it has been determined that a double shooting which took place over the weekend in Irons was an attempted homicide/suicide.

At approximately 11:03 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, Lake County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call at a residence in Elk Township — the home of William Zaluga — regarding a 35-year-old man who received a gunshot wound to the face, according to Lake County Undersheriff Don Maiville.

Upon arriving on scene, officers not only found the gunshot victim, 35-year old John Macleod, but also discovered a second victim, the 71-year-old Zaluga, who was dead from a fatal gunshot wound to the head. Macleod was an acquaintance of the older man and was in Lake County visiting.

After several hours of interviews and follow-up investigations, police officials reported some type of dispute or argument had taken place between the two men. Evidence indicates alcohol was involved in the incident and both the victim and suspect, Macleod, were “highly intoxicated”

During the argument, the suspect took a handgun from an adjoining bedroom and upon returning to the dining room/kitchen area shot the victim, Zaluga, in the face.

The suspect then turned the gun on himself.

Further investigation also revealed a third person, a female whose name has not been released, was in the residence at the time of the shooting, but left prior to the arrival of police officers.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff Don Maiville said the injured man was treated at the scene and transported to Skinner Park, Irons, where he was airlifted to Grand Rapids for continued treatment. He is expected to survive.

The Michigan State Police Crime Lab was contacted and assisted in processing the crime scene.

The body of the 71-year-old man was transported to Grand Rapids for an autopsy that was scheduled for Monday. The results of the autopsy are pending.