Person of interest arrested in case of murdered Detroit firefighter

Detroit firefighter David Madrigal was found murdered in his house.
Detroit firefighter David Madrigal was found murdered in his house.

Police may be closer to solving the murder of Detroit firefighter David Madrigal.

Detroit police arrested what they are calling a person of interest in the case.

Madrigal, 59, was found beaten to death in his west-side Detroit home on Dec. 21. An autopsy revealed that he died from blunt force trauma.

Because the case is still under investigation, police declined to release specifics about the arrest of a man who may have been involved in the murder.

Firefighters were notified today that a person of interest is in custody in an unrelated case.

“The DPD has had an Army of officers and resources working on this case from the evening this nightmare began,” Mike Nevin, president of the Detroit Fire Fighters Association, said in a memo to firefighters today. “For now Brothers and Sisters, let the process play out.”

Madrigal was a beloved firefighter, proud grandfather and frequent volunteer for people in need.

“Detroit police have been working incredibly hard on solving this case, and I trust their experience in handling these types of matters,” Commissioner Eric Jones told me.

Firefighters have raised $8,191 so far as a reward to anyone who has information leading to the arrest of the murderer.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.