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Gunshots fly as officers attempt to arrest wanted man in Lake County

Posted at 12:25 AM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 00:30:08-05

YATES TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Deputies with the Newaygo County and Lake County sheriff's departments, along with two state troopers, were shot at while attempting to take a man into custody Tuesday afternoon.

According to Michigan State Police, six officers tried serving an arrest warrant for a 50-year-old man out of Idlewild around 1 p.m. Tuesday in the area of S. Tacoma Road and Baldwin Road.

After locating the suspect just off Tacoma, the officers identified themselves and attempted taking him in. That's when the man began firing at them from inside a camper.

The officers were able to safely retreat from the area, authorities said, without any of them being struck by the gunfire. None of the officers returned fire.

That initial encounter led to an hours-long standoff. MSP's Emergency Support Team was eventually able to convince the suspect to surrender around 7 p.m., at which point he was taken into custody.

Afterward, it was discovered that the man had apparently shot himself in the face. Authorities said he was being treated for those injuries.

The 50-year-old was originally wanted for failing to appear on a drug-related charge and a Friend of the Court warrant, both out of Newaygo County. He now faces additional charges in Lake County related to Tuesday's incident.