MARQUETTE - State police investigating the killing of a gun shop owner in Marquette Township planned to release a composite drawing of a suspect today, with a $5,000 reward offered in the case by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Michigan State Police at the Negaunee post have confirmed the identity of the homicide victim as Robert Dusseau, 27, of Ishpeming, one of the owners of Quik Cash & Guns, located at 2612 U.S. 41 West.
Dusseau's body was discovered buried in a snowbank outside the business by police early Wednesday. Investigators said they believe Dusseau was shot and killed sometime after 4 p.m. Tuesday.
An autopsy was scheduled for this morning.
A police forensic artist was heading to Marquette from downstate today to create a composite depiction of a person seen at the business on Tuesday afternoon, the day Dusseau was killed.
The person police described in a news release as a suspect is a white male, between the ages of 35 and 45, about 5-feet, 10-inches tall, weighing 200 to 220 pounds.
Police said the man has brown hair that covers his ears, a close-cropped goatee and was wearing silver or gold-rimmed eye glasses.
Troopers, aided by personnel from the Marquette County Sheriff's Office, state police crime lab, Marquette City Police Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are investigating Dusseau's homicide.
The ATF is offering a $5,000 reward for information resulting in the arrest and conviction of the person, or persons, responsible for Dusseau's death.
Special Agent Donald Dawkins, an ATF spokesman in Detroit, said the agency was involved in the investigation because the gun shop owners had a federal firearms license.
The ATF was working to determine whether any guns from the stock of weapons at the gun shop were missing.
"We have to make sure the firearms are accounted for," Dawkins said.
Police were following up on tips provided in the investigation Wednesday. Police interviewed witnesses and canvassed the area. Crime lab personnel processed evidence inside and outside of the gun shop for several hours early Wednesday.
Dusseau was initially reported missing by his wife at about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Police said he typically closed the business at 5 p.m.
Myles McCormack, Eighth District commander of the state police in Marquette, said Wednesday troopers went to the gun shop Tuesday night but did not find Dusseau, nor did they see anything suspicious.
At about 11 p.m. Tuesday, troopers found Dusseau's vehicle parked at an apartment complex not far from the shop. Police later returned to the gun shop and found Dusseau's body buried in a snowbank along the front west edge of the business property.
The Quik Cash & Guns outlet opened in November 2008, offering a place to buy, sell and trade firearms, along with serving as a second-hand store for electronics, sporting goods and other items.
The store was a second location of the business, which was started in Houghton seven years ago.
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