Michigan State Police ID man who shot 2 troopers

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Michigan State Police have identified the man who shot two troopers Wednesday in Branch County.

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Officials said the suspect was David Kidney, 62, of Union City. Kidney was killed during the incident.

Authorities said a Michigan State Police detective and a trooper from the Marshall Post were serving a search warrant at 595 Francisco Road in Union City when they were shot.

Kidney leveled a long gun at the officers and started shooting when they announced their presence before making entry into a residence at about 11:15 a.m.

As the officers attempted to take cover, Det. Sgt. Aaron Steensma was shot in the chest and Trooper Daniel Thayer was shot in the chest and hand, officials said Thursday in a statement.

Steensma is in serious but stable condition at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, they said.

The round that struck Thayer in the chest was stopped by his ballistic vest. All state police personnel was wearing body armor at the time of the incident.

Officials said an autopsy on Kidney show he died from a single gunshot wound sustained while exchanging gunfire with the troopers.