What caused Macomb man's deadly crime spree a mystery

A local man has made national headlines after going on a violent crime spree

Steven Snyder of Macomb Township robbed a bank and killed two men including a Wisconsin state trooper Tuesday. Snyder died in the shootout with the officer.

According to public records Snyder lived in Macomb Township where he ran a business there. News of what he did nearly 500 miles away came as a bombshell here at home

Neighbor Tom Burnette is unnerved, just learning a killer lived next door.

"Just to know (Snyder) was right next door and had that capability is very shocking," he said.

Wisconsin authorities say Steven Snyder robbed a bank and shot and killed Tom Christ, 59. Later he came face to face with state trooper Trevor Casper, 21.

"There was contact made and an exchange of gunfire," said Chief William Lamb of the Fond Du Lac police. "Both the trooper and the suspect were killed in the exchange of gunfire."

FOX 2 saw and heard people inside a house on Romeo Plank Road in Macomb, but no one answered the door.

Snyder once lived and ran a masonry business from there.

All that's left now, are weary relatives and an uneasy feeling gnawing at neighbors.

"To hear that something like that is coming out of right next door it's mind blowing," Burnette said. "It's scary." 

"You don't really expect to hear those kind of stories from your hometown," said neighbor Chris Barg. "You don't really expect to hear that tragedy from something so small here."

That's not the only reason they're ashamed.

Our sister station FOX 6 News found that Snyder had another surprising and unsavory connection with Wisconsin.

He was convicted of disorderly conduct in 1996 for a brawl between skinheads and a group of blacks and hispanics. Snyder was dressed in white power clothing and had several white power tattoos.

A former co-worker was shocked at the news.

"I'm just surprised," said Stephen. "I never saw that in him. He never said anything like that or talked about anything like that."

He like Snyder did masonry work and says they taught high school students in Detroit about their trade in 2005. He did not feel comfortable sharing his last name.

"I didn't see any evidence of any kind of negative feelings," Stephen said. "He seemed to get along with the kids well. They liked him and respected him. He did a great job mentoring them and encouraging them to learn how to do masonry work."

A far cry from what he did Tuesday, leaving a trail of tragedy and shame from here to Wisconsin.

The big question remains what was Snyder doing in Wisconsin? 

And what led him to rob a bank and kill two people. Those questions remain a mystery

FOX 6 spoke with a relative who says he left behind a wife and son.

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