A man was fatally shot Friday by state troopers after leading police on a chase that reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour and ended on Haggerty just outside Lower Huron Metropark in Van Buren Township.

According to the Associated Press, Lt. Mike Shaw of the Michigan State Police identified the man as Richard Parent of Flat Rock.

According to the Michigan State Police, troopers attempted to stop Parent for a seat belt violation around 12:48 p.m. at Van Born and Telegraph in Taylor.

Parent refused to identify himself, telling troopers he was a sovereign citizen, said Lt. Mike Shaw. Troopers attempted to remove him from his vehicle by breaking the back window, he said. Parent then drove off, sparking a chase along neighborhood streets, westbound Interstate 94, northbound I-275 and eventually Haggerty outside the park, Shaw said.

Parent allegedly exited the vehicle with a handgun and ran to a wooded area, where he turned and took a shooting stance, Shaw said. Troopers shot at Parent around 1:07 p.m., striking him in the side. He was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

It is unclear if Parent fired shots at the troopers, Shaw said. A K-9 unit was expected to search the wooded area for a weapon.

During the pursuit, troopers twice attempted to box in the suspect’s vehicle, Shaw said. One trooper suffered a dislocated thumb performing the maneuver. The troopers involved are 12-year and 8-year veterans of the department.

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