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Union Township – A Michigan State Police detective and a trooper were shot Wednesday morning, officials said.

They were serving a search warrant in northern Branch County when they were shot, a statement issued by the state police. Police said the suspect leveled a long gun at the officers when the troopers announced their presence before making entry into a residence at about 11:15 a.m.

They were attempting to take cover when Det. Sgt. Aaron Steensma of the Marshall Post was shot in the chest. He was reported to be in serious but stable condition at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Tpr. Daniel Thayer, also of the Marshall Post, was shot in the chest and hand. The round that struck Thayer in the chest was stopped by his ballistic vest.

Police earlier had said the suspect was believed to be on the property in southern Michigan after the shooting, but later said that person was deceased.

No further details were released.

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