Grand Rapids Shooter, Victim Identified
By Joe Bachman
Police have released the names of parties involved in a late night shooting that took the life of one man, and jailed another.
58-year-old Mark Kusters is currently being held at the Wood County Jail for suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide. According to court documents at 12:56 a.m. on Sept. 15, a 911 call was received stating that the caller reported a man with a gunshot wound on her back porch on the 4700 block of 78th St. South.
Police arrived to find the man with gunshot wounds in his abdomen and chest, and was later identified by the caller as 42-year-old Richard Flynn, of Saratoga. The caller informed police that Kusters shot Flynn, and that his whereabouts were then unknown.
Flynn was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield where he would be pronounced dead at 2:26 a.m.
Police spoke to 44-year-old Trina Kusters, who told them that Mark Kusters was angry at Flynn because she was having an affair with him. Kusters allegedly told his wife that he was going to “kill him” and grabbed his shotgun. Kusters walked down to the final step of his porch where Flynn was close by and threatened him with his life.
Flynn allegedly told Kusters that he “didn’t care” because he wanted his wife. Kusters then fired one round at Flynn, hitting him in the chest, leaving multiple wounds.
Kusters was found at a residence close by and was taken into custody. Police observed the smell of intoxicants on his breath. He told officers that he had a couple of beers that evening.
While not formally charged, intentional homicide is a class A felony, and could land Kusters life imprisonment.