Sandusky officer involved in shots fired incident

(CUSTER TOWNSHIP) – A 65-year old Sandusky man is in the Sanilac County jail awaiting formal charges following a police chase and stand off with police with a shot gun.

Lt. David Kaiser said Michigan State Police have taken over investigation of the case, at the request of Sandusky Police due to a city officer being involved in the incident.

According to Lt. Kaiser, Sandusky Police were called to a report of a suicidal person who got into a vehicle with a shot gun, about 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening. The man reportedly has a long term medical condition, Kaiser said.

Police were able to locate the suspect who had fled town east on M-46. Lt. Kaiser said Officers were in pursuit when the subject attempted to turn onto Stringer Road too fast and crashed in a deep ditch.

A Sandusky officer approached the vehicle and saw the subject leave the vehicle with the shot gun and ordered the man to drop the weapon. The officer told central dispatch multiple shots had been fired as other officers arrived.

Lt. Kaiser said the suspect reportedly screamed at officers to shoot him and allegedly attempted to reload more rounds into the chamber, but eventually fell to the ground as responding officers approached and took him into custody.

The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident. Lt. Kaiser said initial information indicates no one was injured by gunfire.

The suspect was treated for other injuries and taken to jail to await formal charges.