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Ionia County authorities look into fatal shooting

May 5th, 2014 - Local News

(mlive)— A man is dead after shooting at police following a domestic violence incident that escalated into a police chase through West Michigan.

Michigan State Police troopers did not identify the man who was shot and killed in a field at the corner of Hubbell and Hoppough Roads just west of M-66 in Orleans Township about 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 4.

State troopers and Ionia County deputies were on the scene for hours after the chase ended, but declined to release much detail about the suspect, who was chased for more than an hour through northern Ionia and southern Montcalm counties.

A 10 p.m. news release said the man was pronounced dead at the scene. It was not made clear whether the man was killed by officers or took his own life.

According to dispatch reports, the chase began around 4:30 p.m. and made its way north on M-66 through the city of Ionia and into southern Montcalm County before the man turned around and headed back south.

Randy Adams, a resident on M-66 near Parmeter Road, said the truck drove by twice within 15 minutes. The driver appeared to be talking on the phone and smoking a cigarette.

The suspect, driving an RSS Mobile Trailer Repair truck, hit stop sticks deployed by state troopers and fled on foot west along Tingley Road carrying a pump-action shotgun.

According to the Ionia Department of Public Safety, which detailed the chase on Facebook, the man ran south into the field off Hubbell Road and began to fire at converging officers.

About 6 p.m., he was reported to be “down” by Ionia police.

State police troopers said they and Ionia deputies were searching for the man in relation to an unspecified domestic violence incident when he was spotted and fled.

The chase and shooting involved troopers from the Lakeview and Rockford posts, along with Ionia County deputies. No police were injured.

Troopers scheduled and then cancelled a press conference Sunday. Authorities said further information would be forthcoming.

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