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Brother of Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee killed by family member, sheriff says

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The brother of a Michigan congressman was shot and killed by a family member early Tuesday after a confrontation at the victim’s home, authorities said.

Tim Kildee was shot in Vienna Township, north of Flint, after getting into a “shouting match” with his 27-year-old son, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said.

Kildee, 57, is the brother of U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, a Democrat who represents the area in Congress.

Tim Kildee’s son was under police guard at a hospital where he was taken with serious injuries from a subsequent car crash, Swanson said.

Possible charges are being investigated, prosecutor David Leyton said.

“Our family is sad and heartbroken,” Dan Kildee said. “There are no words to describe the loss of a beloved brother and family member, especially during such a terrible tragedy.”

The sheriff said Tim Kildee’s son showed up at his father’s home after being involved in a domestic incident around 3 a.m. in Burton, another Genesee County community.

Another family member reported a loud confrontation and demanded that Tim Kildee hand over his wallet and the keys to his car, Swanson said.

A shot then took “the life of Timothy Kildee,” the sheriff said.

“There was some sort of breakdown and/or other complications that caused him to become so violent,” Swanson said of the suspect.

Tim Kildee and his ex-wife were searching for their son after the domestic incident, the sheriff said.

“We continue to provide not only answers to questions, but also comfort to the family,” Swanson told reporters.

The Kildee family is well known in the Flint area. Dale Kildee, Tim and Dan’s uncle, served in Congress for more than thirty years. He died in 2021.