Officer Shot, Suspect Dead in Shooting

By: News 10
By: News 10
New Information:  Victim identified.

Nathan Oakes

One man is dead and an officer injured in a Dewitt shooting Thursday morning.

47-year-old Nathan Oakes tried breaking into his estranged wife's apartment on the 800 block of Dewitt Road at 2:15 a.m.

The woman called the police, and when officers arrived on the scene Oakes opened fire...shooting a Dewitt Township Officer in the face.
Police fired back and the suspect was killed in the exchange.

The officer underwent surgery, and his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Police tell News 10 they found two loaded guns on Oakes and another in his car, all of which were semi-automatic weapons. Police say that shows he was ready to inflict great harm on his wife.

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  • by Jonathan Location: Lansing on Apr 17, 2013 at 09:54 PM
    Go figure. And the gun control legislation was defeated later the same day. Sad times in our country. Automatic weapons, and guns period should be banned and left to law enforcement!
  • by Floral Drive Location: by the canal on Apr 14, 2013 at 08:54 PM
    I remember Nathan growing up in Tampa. He lived on Floral drive right by the canal with his brother Danny and I think his grandparents, in a white two-story house. He was little more than a thief and bully. He broke into people's homes, stole bicycles and later cars, and at every possible moment attempted to deflect blame from himself onto some other neighborhood kid. The canal by that house was a graveyard for stolen bikes, used so that he didn't have to walk home and then thrown away. He enjoyed slashing tires on 18-wheelers, too. He was a rotten egg then, and I see that nothing changed. Having three loaded semi-auto's and out to kill his wife, I sure see that he got what he deserved. My sympathies go out to the officer shot in the face in the line of duty.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM
    RIP uncle nathan u r not the man everybody is making u out to be love and miss you everyday!
  • by Doc Location: Tampa on Oct 9, 2009 at 11:39 AM
    Almost 1yr later; This person Nathan Oakes damaged alot of people in his life. He was definately a sick individual all of his life.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tampa, fl on Dec 30, 2008 at 06:21 PM
    Linda this is your cousin Ruth in Fl. I knew Nathan as an adult shortly, and I thought very highly of him. My heart goes out to you. He was a very nice man.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 24, 2008 at 10:42 AM
    i will tell you about the 5-10 years my dad spent in prison, its because he never had a MOTHER growing up. you have no idea what my dad was really like.
  • by John Location: Kitchen on Nov 19, 2008 at 03:22 AM
    That's right Linda, Lori is to blame! She is trash that Nate should have left with Jeff, they deserved each other. I really wish Nate would have taken the trash out! Now she is free to run around and destroy another fine man.
  • by Patrick Location: Work on Nov 14, 2008 at 10:48 AM
    Linda, why don't you tell everybody about the 5-10 years your brother spent in a Federal prison prior to this heinous crime. Yeah, he sounds like a really great guy.
  • by Heather Location: DeWitt on Nov 7, 2008 at 12:40 PM
    Linda: Your brother did a horrible, disgusting thing. I understand that you feel the pain of losing your brother, but anyone with the mentality to go and take another person's life deserves to have theirs taken. He tried to kill his wife and the officer, and got killed in the process...I don't feel any remorse for him. He obvisouly wasn't as innocent as you thought.....
  • by Mike Location: Lansing on Nov 6, 2008 at 06:52 PM
    Sorry Linda...the culprit IS your brother. Anyone who shoots at the Police does not deserve to live. I bet the family hires some idiotic attorney to sue to the Police. I have no remorse for the bad guy......he deserved what he got, no exceptions. This modern society tends to blame the Police each time something of this magnitude takes place. We need to start putting blame on criminals. The Police did not give this guy a gun; the Police did not tell him to break into his wife's residence; the Police did not tell him to shoot at the Officers. Even though Police Officers write us tickets, they ultimately save lives and do a fantastic job. Let's support our local Police Departments!
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