Two men are in custody and one remains on the loose after two Orblych brothers were shot to death in front of their mother at their family home, shortly after midnight on February 15, 2018.
Two Orblych brothers were killed by gunfire at their family home on Detroit’s west side. This occurred in the 14000 block of Ashton just after midnight on February 15, 2018. Two suspects are in police custody, but one is still at large.
There are varying accounts of how the events unfolded, but we will update as things become clearer.
According to FOX 2, the incident first began as a 75-year-old woman, one of her sons, and another relative were unloading groceries from their vehicle, around 12:30 a.m. They were approached by three men armed with guns. Their faces were obscured by ski masks.
The masked men took the family members into the home. The elderly woman’s two other sons, William Troy Orblych and Michael Teague Orblych, came to help and discovered the intruders with their mother and other family members.
Thomas Anderson, a family friend, had been in the basement. When he figured out that something very wrong was happening, he went to get his own gun.
Shots may have been fired by the suspects first. Either way, moments later, Anderson was exchanging gunfire with the intruders.
It’s possible the two brothers tried to chase or attack the gunmen.
Anderson later told WWJ: “I fired two shots … into the streets at them. After I did that, they took off.” He added, “I wish I would have got them.”
When the bullets stopped and the gunmen were out of sight, Anderson found the two brothers both on the ground in the backyard of the home. Both men were shot and needed immediate help. They were rushed to the hospital and later pronounced dead.
Shortly after the exchange of bullets, authorities were able to capture two out of the three gunmen. There has been no description released of the third suspect, who is still on the run.
Police have not released any information on the two suspects who have been arrested. And we don’t yet know the exact motive or if the gunmen knew the victims or the family.
The belief held by police is that the family may have been victims of opportunity, of a possible home invasion.
The police have not officially said if anything was stolen from the house.
The family friend, Anderson, said “To my knowledge, right now, they didn’t get anything. So they killed people for nothing.”