ORLEANS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (via WOOD TV) — A domestic violence suspect armed with a long gun was shot in northern Ionia County Sunday night after leading authorities on a car chase, then a foot chase and then opening fire on officers, authorities say.
Around 5 p.m, according to the Ionia Department of Public Safety’s Facebook page, the suspect was driving a delivery truck northbound on M-66 north of the City of Ionia. The chase briefly crossed into Montcalm County, but the suspect then turned around and headed south into Ionia County on M-66.
Michigan State Police deployed hit two sets of Stop Sticks before the suspect’s truck’s tires blew out on Tingley Road, west of M-66 in Orleans Township.
The suspect got out of his vehicle and headed west on Tingley on foot, still carrying the gun. When he continued on in a field north of Tingley, Ionia DPS advised residents to lock themselves in their houses.
He then continued south of Tingley, then along to Meade Road near Hoppough Road. Residents were asked to avoid the area as multiple police agencies set up a perimeter, according to Ionia DPS.
Just before 5:50 p.m., Ionia DPS said the suspect was in a field near Hubbell Road, west of M-66 — nearly two miles from where he initially got out of the truck. Just before 6 p.m., Ionia DPS said, the suspect fired at officers with a pump-action shotgun.
Officers returned fire, Ionia County Central Dispatch Director Jim Valentine said in a release, and the suspect was shot. He said it was unknown whether the suspect was struck by officers’ shots or if the wound was self-inflicted.
“One fired and then after that it was probably 20 seconds and the other one fired,” witness Cameron Dombroski, 18, told WOOD TV/24 Hour News 8. He said he watched the shootout through binoculars from his house.
More shots were fired after that, and emergency medical teams were called to the scene, Ionia DPS said. As of 6:12, Ionia DPS’s Facebook page said the scene was “secure.”
No officers were hurt. The suspect’s condition was unknown.
The suspect's identity is also not yet known.