Police Increase Halloween Patrols Due to I-96 Shooter

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

Halloween is supposed to be a scary night, but with a possible serial shooter out there, it's scarier than usual.

"You've got to be aware of your surroundings," Lynn Judd said.

Parents kept their trick-or-treaters close, and Fowlerville Police kept a closer look on the streets with all of their patrol cars out.

"With a higher level of officer presence, I'm hoping that it will provide a level of safety and security for our community," said Fowlerville Police Chief Tom Couling.

But even with that presence, some parents opted out of traditional trick-or-treating for trunk-or-treating at the local church, tucked away from the road.

"It's just hard because you don't want anything to happen to your kids," Kristy Parsons said. "So, we thought it might be best to just go to the church, it might be safer that way."

Police and parents weren't that concerned with regular Halloween mischief, but they were keeping an eye out for suspicious vehicles.

"If I see any black Sunbirds or Cavaliers drive by, it's going to run through my mind definitely," said father Justin Adair. "I mean, we're only a mile from the expressway right now."

Police said they respond to several calls a day about vehicles people think match the description, and they're happy to do it. It's even more important now that police know most of the 24 shootings happened on major roads near the highway, not actually on it.

"They're doing the right thing," Chief Couling said. "Letting us get there and evaluate the situation. So, I'm encouraging people to continue to do so, anything that they think is the least bit suspicious, give us the opportunity to get there and check it out."

Howell police said they also had more patrols out, but that's common for them on Halloween.

The reward for information that leads to an arrest in the I-96 shootings is up $102,000. The public is encouraged to call 1-800-SPEAK-UP.


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