Man who died after wounding trooper killed self
Lake Township – Authorities say an autopsy determined a man who died after wounding a state trooper during a traffic stop and shootout in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula killed himself.
A Michigan State Police statement says a weekend autopsy found 32-year-old Douglas Robert Sawyer died Friday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police say the trooper had several gunshot wounds and has been released from the hospital.
Police say the trooper pulled over a vehicle occupied by two men and a woman in Missaukee County’s Lake Township. Police say Sawyer ran and fired at the trooper, who returned fire. The others stayed in the vehicle and were arrested.
Police say Sawyer was wanted as a parole absconder and on other warrants. He had prior arrests for home invasion, drug crimes and weapons violations.
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