Man in stolen truck killed by Michigan sheriff’s deputy

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Mulliken, Mich. – A man suspected of driving a stolen pickup truck was fatally shot Wednesday by a sheriff’s deputy, west of Lansing, state police said.

Michigan State Police Thursday identified the deceased suspect as Robert Nazmi Rouhman Jr., 19, of Lansing.

Officials said the shooting happened at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of Charlotte Street north of West Grand Ledge Highway in the village of Mulliken in Eaton County, about 25 miles from Lansing. They also said it involves an Ionia County Sheriff's deputy.

Michigan State Police said this is the stolen truck that was involved in the fatal shooting of a suspect by a Ionia County Sheriff's deputy Wednesday.

According to a preliminary investigation, the deputy was involved in the pursuit of a pickup that had been stolen in Ionia County.

The deputy had been dispatched to a stolen vehicle complaint, police said. While traveling to the scene to investigate, he received a description of the pickup truck and located it. He then pursued the suspect truck, state police said.

They said the chase ended with a traffic stop in Mulliken. At some point, the suspect put the truck in reverse and rammed it into the deputy's patrol vehicle, according to authorities.

The deputy fired his weapon at the suspect, striking him, police said. The suspect died at the scene of the traffic stop. He was the only occupant of the pickup. 

Officials said they did not know the suspect's identity Wednesday.

Michigan State Police said the suspect in the theft of a pickup rammed the truck into this Ionia County Sheriff's deputy patrol vehicle.

They also said the deputy involved in the incident was not injured and has been with the Ionia County Sherriff's Office for two years. Authorities said the deputy has been placed on administrative leave according to Ionia County Sheriff's Office policy while the incident is being investigated.

No other details about the incident were immediately released.

A window was broken on a porch at a nearby home, possibly because of gunfire, owner Abby Staley said. 

“Heard a crash and then a bunch of pops, gunshots,” Staley told WOOD-TV. “Again, not normal around here. … I’m kind blank at this moment, you know. It’s overwhelming.”

Associated Press contributed