A well known and well liked secondary school teacher from Birmingham was shot 3 times in his home on Charles Lane last Tuesday.
Harry Berkowitz, aged 72 who had been with the Birmingham teaching district for 47 years. Suffered at least three gunshot wounds, one in his head, and two in his torso area according to sources. He was found by a contractor early Tuesday morning after he had heard disturbances and called the police.
The suspect, Thomas Ian Matthews, 33, was Harry’s long time roommate and was also found dead a gunshot wound in a Royal oak home. Police say they believe Matthews attacked Berkowitz before turning the gun on himself. Matthews wasn’t found until hours after the police arrived to Berkowitz home, that they found Matthews dead on a bed in a house in Royal oak.
Investigators are unsure to what provoked the attack as the two men had shared a house for many years peacefully. It appears to be some sort of a variation of a domestic issue, though police chief was unaware of any calls of domestic disturbances from the house. Police chief Roberts said “We just don’t know what sparked this whole thing. It’s a tragic situation, no matter how you look at it, especially with the loss of beloved Mr. Berkowitz.”
Detectives are hoping they can piece together what happened as the days go on and hopefully more evidence comes to light. Unfortunately, police have been unable to contact any of Berkowitz family, anyone with any information of his family need to call 248 626 9672.
The school are offering support to the children and staff after this distressing time, the beloved teacher will be greatly missed.
The two men had lived together for around 5 years and had knew each other from when Matthews was a student in the Birmingham district. Matthews has a background in computer technology but was not in full time work.
If anyone has any sort of information that could help police with their investigations, please do not hesitate to get in touch.