(DETROIT FREE PRESS) - One man is dead after exchanging gunfire with police and leading officers on a chase in Wayne and Washtenaw counties, according to investigators.
Northville Township Police were investigating an arson near 6 Mile and Napier when they began chasing a pick-up truck west on 6 Mile into Washtenaw County, Michigan State Police Lt. Michael McCormick of the agency's Brighton Post said this morning.
"That was the impetus for this whole situation," McCormick said. "The suspect did engage in gunfire with Northville Township officers back in the area of 6 mile and Napier...subsequently they (got) involved in a vehicle pursuit with the suspect driving the pickup truck."
The incident began just before 2 a.m., said Michigan State Police Lt. Andy Stoner.
Northville officers called for assistance at about 2:30 a.m., McCormick said. Three Michigan State Police troopers from the Salem Township detachment joined the pursuit, joining a foot-chase after the pick-up truck crashed into a house at 6 Mile and Dixboro road, the border between Salem and Northfield townships in Washtenaw County.
"Officers and troopers confronted the subject," he said. "The subject basically put his hand in his pocket -- there's obvious indication that he was armed from the previous gunfire. At one point, he basically turned, came toward that trooper and the trooper discharged his firearm, which resulted in a fatal wound to the individual."
The trooper, a 4-year veteran, was the only officer to discharge a weapon at that scene. He will be placed on paid administrative leave while MSP detectives and forensic investigators review the incident.
No officers involved in the original exchange of gunfire or anyone in the house were injured, McCormick added.
No additional information was available about the suspect.
A dispatcher who answered the phone for Northville Township Police this morning said no information was immediately available about the arson or original incident that started the pursuit.
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