VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police say a man has been killed by troopers in suburban Detroit after he sped away during a traffic stop and later emerged from his vehicle with a gun.
Lt. Mike Shaw says the fatal shooting occurred Friday near the entrance of Lower Huron Metro Park in Van Buren Township. The chase started miles away in Taylor.
Shaw says the man got out of his truck, ran to trees and pointed a gun at troopers. He says he doesn’t know if the man fired the gun.
He says the fatal shooting could have been avoided if the man had cooperated during the traffic stop. Shaw says the man told troopers that he was a “sovereign citizen” and didn’t need to cooperate.
The dead man had no identification.