Central Michigan University student assaulted; suspect shot by police

10:33 PM, Jan 17, 2013   |    comments
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  • Eric Lee Ramsey
  • Police say Eric Ramsey rammed this Michigan State Police vehicle in Gaylord. (Courtesy 9&10 News)
  • Police say Eric Ramsey rammed this Michigan State Police vehicle in Gaylord. (Courtesy 9&10 News)
  • Police set up a roadblock to stop Eric Ramsey. (Courtesy 9&10 News)

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. (WZZM) - A Central Michigan University senior, originally from the Grand Rapids area, was abducted from campus and raped Wednesday night. Hours later officers in northern Michigan fatally shot the suspect after he rammed several police vehicles.

Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski says Eric Lee Ramsey, 30, abducted the woman from the Student Activity Center parking lot around 10 p.m. He drove the woman in her own vehicle to a home on S. Crawford Road, bound and raped her. Ramsey, then put her back in the car, which he loaded with two cans of gasoline, and told her he was going to kill her.

While Ramsey was driving, the woman escaped from the moving vehicle and ran to a nearby house for help. Three children at the home let the victim inside. They hid in the bathroom while the victim called 911. While the woman was making the call, police say Ramsey used gasoline to light the house on fire. The homeowner's husband arrived on the scene before police and was able to extinguish the flames.

Ramsey then fled north toward Gaylord, where a Michigan State Police officer spotted his vehicle. Ramsey rammed the police cruiser and fled, then stole a garbage truck and rammed another cruiser. A short time later, a Crawford County Sheriff's deputy spotted the stolen garbage truck. Officers say Ramsey hit the deputy's vehicle head-on. The deputy got out of his vehicle and fatally shot the suspect.

WZZM 13 News has learned  Eric Lee Ramsey has a criminal history, including assault with a dangerous weapon.  On his Facebook page there is a post from around 4 a.m. Thursday that says, "Well folkes im about to get shot. Peace"

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