SANDUSKY, Mich. – One person is in custody following a chase leading to an officer-involved shooting.
According to Sandusky police, it happened at approximately 7:35 p.m. Thursday in Sandusky.
Police were dispatched to a call of a 65-year-old man threatening suicide.
While Sandusky police were still en route to the scene, the man’s wife called back to say he had left the home with a shotgun in his possession.
When police located the man’s vehicle, they tried to pull it over.
The man then fled out of town east on M-46.
Just outside of town, he tried to turn onto Stringer Road.
Traveling too fast for the turn, the man’s vehicle ran off into a steep ditch on the SE corner.
The officer in pursuit approached the vehicle to check on the driver.
Police said the man then exited his vehicle with a shotgun in his hand.
The officer told the man to drop the gun, but he refused.
The officer then told dispatch he had him at gunpoint.
Moments later, the officer indicated shots had been fired.
Other officers arrived on scene, also telling the suspect to drop the gun.
Still refusing, the suspect kept loading his shotgun while telling police to shoot him.
Police said the suspect eventually fell to the ground and dropped the gun.
At that moment, officers were able to subdue the suspect and take him into custody.
He was then taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the crash before being taken to the Sanilac County Jail.
Neither the officer nor the suspect were hit by gunfire.
Police say Sandusky Police Chief Brett Lester asked MSP to investigate the incident due to the discharge the officer’s weapon.