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Florida man arraigned for shooting, setting MSP vehicles on fire

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI— The man accused of setting Michigan State Police patrol cars on fire, then shooting them with a rifle has been arraigned in Sault Ste. Marie.

James Itani, 39, of Orlando, Florida is charged with one count of terrorism, one count of 3rd-degree arson, 11 counts of assault with intent to murder, and multiple weapons violations.

In the early morning hours of September 6th, Itani allegedly drove to the Soo Post wearing camouflage. He doused several patrol gars with gas and set them alight, then grabbed a rifle from his vehicle and shot the patrol cars a number of times.

Troopers executed a search warrant at a location on Riverside Road in Chippewa County the next day. Itani is accused of firing at police, who returned fire and injured him.

Itani was arraigned Monday in 91st District Court. He remains lodged in the Chippewa County Jail on a $5 million bond.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.