MSP confirms: Police pursuit ends in Ionia deputy shooting, killing suspect

The suspect driving the stolen vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.
Published: May. 19, 2021 at 9:29 AM EDT|Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 4:38 PM EDT
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MULLIKEN, Mich. (WILX) - Police responded to a deputy-involved incident in Mulliken early Wednesday morning.

Neighbors tell News 10 that they were woken at 5:30 a.m. by gunshots. Those were the sounds from a deputy of the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office, involved in what police are describing as a critical incident.

A preliminary investigation by Michigan State Police indicated that a deputy from the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office was involved in the pursuit of a stolen vehicle. The pursuit originated in Ionia County and ended with a traffic stop near Charlotte and French Streets in Mulliken, an Eaton County village west of Grand Ledge.

At the end of the pursuit, the suspect put the stolen vehicle in reverse and rammed into the patrol car. The deputy then discharged his firearm and as a result, the suspect died at the scene from the injuries. The suspect’s identity is not known at this time. The deputy involved was not injured and his name is not being released at this time.

The deputy involved has two years of service with the Sheriff’s Office and was not injured. Ionia County Sheriff’s Office tells News 10 the deputy is being put on administrative leave per Ionia County Sheriff’s Office protocol while the investigation is underway. Once the investigation is complete, it will be submitted to the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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