DALTON TWP. – Police responded to a call that a suicidal man might have shot someone at a home located at the 5000 block of Meeuwenberg Road on Thursday, Aug. 15.
The man shot and killed was Evan Yonker. His estranged wife, Heather Yonker, described her husband as funny and an avid disc golf player. She said the day of the incident she believed her husband had been shot with his own 12-gauge shotgun.
“What I heard, now I heard she (Evan Yonker’s girlfriend) brought him here, that she brought her ex-boyfriend here. [...] Chelsi[girlfriend] brought Ryan the ex-boyfriend here, they broke into the house they grabbed Evan’s shotgun off the wall and shot him with his gun. Then she got in the car and left with the guy,” said Heather Yonker.
Heather Yonker said her estranged husband had only been dating the woman she identified as Chelsi for one week.
Chief Trial Attorney Matt Roberts, Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office, identified the woman as Chelsi Allan. Roberts said that in her statement Allan claims to have been forced into the car by Berry.
Allan is currently being considered a victim of unlawful imprisonment, and is not a suspect.
The shooter, who Heather I.D.’d as Ryan Berry, fled to Grand Haven after the murder. Muskegon police located Evan Yonker’s body, and police at the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety located Berry and Allan.
According to a police report provided by the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department, Berry fled police on foot and went into Lake Michigan.
“After they got down to the Grand Haven pier — apparently when they got down there he said he (Berry) was going to kill himself and jumped off the pier. That’s when she (Allan) decided to finally call the cops, when the guy was taking off. She didn’t call them here, she called them in Grand Haven,” said Heather Yonkers.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit, with the help of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office negotiator were able to take Berry into custody.
Heather Yonker said she had never met Berry, but he broke into the house Evan was staying in a week prior.
“My six-year-old daughter came back to me and said, ‘Yeah, Chelsi’s ex-boyfriend broke into the house and beat the door down, and trashed things in the house,’” said Heather Yonkers.
Earlier that day Berry wrote on his Facebook, “To everyone that I loved and that loved me, I’m sorry that it came to this. I always tried to be a good person but this fed up life got the better of me. I lost the most important people in my life in a matter of days, thrown away for no reason. Goodbye.”
Heather Yonker said Evan was supposed to see his children that afternoon, but the two had to switch the day to Sunday.
According to the Michigan Courts website Berry is being charged with homicide open murder short form, unlawful imprisonment and two counts of felony firearms.
This incident is currently being investigated by the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office. They were assisted on the case by the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police, Dalton Township Fire Department, United States Coast Guard, Michigan State Park Rangers and Pro-Med Ambulance Service.