Michigan State Police are investigating a deadly police-involved shooting last week in Van Buren Township.
Troopers stopped a driver for a seatbelt violation on Sept. 30 just before 1pm, police say. When asked to present ID, the man reportedly refused and stated that he was a ‘sovereign citizen’.
When troopers tried taking him into custody, the man sped away from the scene leading police on a chase along several different freeways. The officers eventually employed a PIT maneuver to box the driver in, at which time he took off on foot into some nearby woods.
He reportedly pointed his gun at police and was shot by the two officers who were in pursuit. None of the officers was seriously injured. It’s unclear how many shots they fired or whether the suspect ever fired his weapon.
The suspect, later identified as 37-year-old Richard Parent of Flat Rock, died at the hospital. He was carrying a 9mm Glock handgun, officials said.
Few details have been released about Parent so far. Investigators are still gathering statements and getting evidence to the lab, said MSP Lt. Mike Shaw.
They hope to submit a report to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office by next week, mlive.com reported.
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