Suspect dead, officer wounded in exchange of gunfire in Upper Peninsula

IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WBAY) - A 20-year-old man was fatally shot and a police officer was wounded in a shootout in Iron Mountain Monday morning.

The man was suspected of stealing two vehicles and a gun and trying to rob a person in a home, our sister station WLUC reports.

Based on information from the Iron Mountain Police Department, it started to unfold with a report at 8:45 of a pickup truck being driven recklessly near the Boss Snow Plow manufacturing plant.

Police found the truck parked at Systems Control near the Boss Snow Plow plant. Iron Mountain Police confirmed the truck along with a handgun were stolen from a garage on the north side of Iron Mountain, shortly before the report of the reckless driver.

Thinking the person who stole the truck -- and was armed -- ran into a nearby wooded area, numerous businesses in the area were advised to secure their facilities. Bay College West went into lockdown.

As police searched, they learned a car was missing from the Systems Control parking lot. Police think the thief made his getaway before police arrived and found the stolen truck.

Not long after, a 911 caller reported a man tried to rob a person at gunpoint at a home in East Kingsford. The description of the man's car matched the stolen car.

An Iron Mountain police officer who was responding spotted the car three minutes later on Skidmore Drive. The driver of the stolen car tried to flee but crashed on a private road off Skidmore a minute later.

It was then that the officer and driver exchanged gunfire. What happened between the crash and the first shot being fired, police didn't say.

Backup officers were on the scene seconds later. The officer and the 20-year-old man were transported for injuries. The car thief died. The officer was treated for a head wound and then released from the hospital.

The Michigan State Police will investigate the officer-involved shooting.

East Kingsford and Iron Mountain police departments are investigating the thefts of the vehicles and the gun.

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Department will investigate the attempted armed robbery.

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An officer was transported from the scene of an apparent shooting in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, according to our partner station WLUC.

A witness heard 15-20 shots fired in the area of Skidmore Drive in Kingsford, Mich. Kingsford is about 100 miles north of Green Bay.

A Michigan State Police Officer told WLUC that an officer was taken away from the scene by ambulance. No information was released about the officer's condition. It's unclear if that officer was shot.

As a precaution, Bay College West in Iron Mountain was placed on lockdown Monday morning. Police later gave the "all clear."

Click here for updates from WLUC.

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PREVIOUS UPDATE:

A lockdown has been lifted at a college campus in the western Upper Peninsula, according to WBAY partner station WLUC.

Classes will resume as normal at Bay College West in Iron Mountain.

The building was placed on lockdown Monday morning after the report of an armed person near campus.

Police gave the "all clear."

Monday is the first day of fall classes.

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A college campus in the western Upper Peninsula is on lockdown, according to our partner station WLUC.

Bay College West in Iron Mountain is keeping people inside the building due to a report of an armed person spotted near campus.

Click here for the report from WLUC.

WLUC reports that police requested the campus go on lockdown as they look for this possible suspect.

It's the first day of fall classes at the college.

Iron Mountain is located about 100 miles north of Green Bay.



 
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