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Suspect in Soo MSP patrol car arson shot

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI— Michigan State Police have shot and injured a man suspected of severely damaging trooper patrol vehicles in Sault Ste. Marie.

Wednesday around 3:15 a.m., a man in a silver Honda CRV drove into the parking lot of the Sault Ste. Marie Post. He got out of the vehicle, wearing camouflage, doused several patrol vehicles with gasoline, and set them on fire. The subject then retrieved a rifle from his vehicle and fired multiple rounds into and around the patrol cars.

After an extensive investigation and multiple tips, state police identified a suspect location on Riverside Road in Chippewa County.

Thursday around 1:45 p.m., the Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team went to the location to execute a search warrant. When troopers arrived, the suspect—a 39-year-old Florida man—fired shots at them. Troopers returned fire and injured the suspect.

The man was taken to My Michigan Medical Center in the Soo for treatment. He remains in custody at this time. No officers were injured.

Officials say the case remains under investigation and maximum charges are being sought against the suspect.

Assisting in the incident are the ATF, FBI, Chippewa County Sheriff's Office, Sault Ste. Marie City Police, Bay Mills Police Department, Homeland Security Investigation, Sault Tribal Police, Customs and Border Patrol, Sault Ste. Marie Fire Department, Bruce Township Fire Department, and Kinross EMS.

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.