Posted on September 29, 2020

Man Killed Near Erebus Haunted House Was Welder from Detroit, Walking Away from Argument, Family Says

Camille Amiri and Jay Dillon, Fox 2, September 28, 2020

The family of a 29-year-old man who was shot and killed early Sunday morning near the Erebus Haunted House in Pontiac says they’ve heard multiple versions of what happened.

Douglas Reese, a welder from Detroit, was shot and killed outside the Erebus Haunted House in Pontiac early Sunday morning.


The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office says it started in the line to get inside when Reese and the suspect got into an argument. Reese got out of line and was walking to his car when the sheriff said the suspect followed him and started shooting.


While no one is disputing what happened, there is confusion about what led to the murder. Witnesses said Reese cut in line front of the suspect but his family says that’s not true.

“We’ve actually heard six different stories, six different versions of what actually happened. We don’t know what is the true story,” Reese’s cousin said. “He wasn’t the type of person to take cuts in front of nobody, he was not confrontational, he didn’t just look for trouble or anything like that.”

The sheriff’s office has released images of the suspect in line and has released pictures of the car he left in.