By John Tunison The Grand Rapids Press, Mich.
MISSAUKEE COUNTY, Mich. — A trooper was injured by gunfire and a fleeing man is dead after the the two traded gunfire during a traffic stop.
State police on Friday, July 13 said the shooting happened about 1:30 p.m. in Lake Township of Missaukee County, northeast of Cadillac.
Police said the fleeing person fired first and the trooper, assigned to the Houghton Lake state police post, then fired back.
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The trooper had pulled over a vehicle moments earlier. The vehicle contained two males and a female.
“One male fled from the vehicle and began firing upon the trooper, and the trooper returned fire,” state police said in a statement.
Names of the trooper and the deceased person have not been released.
Police said the trooper was struck several times by gunfire. He was conscious and alert when taken to a Traverse City hospital for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Police said the other people in the stopped vehicle did not get out and they were taken into custody following the shooting.
Police continue to investigate the incident.
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