Local man mistaken for I-96 shooting suspect - WNEM TV 5

Local man mistaken for I-96 shooting suspect

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FREELAND, MI (WNEM) -

A Freeland resident said that he was recently mistaken for the shooting suspect responsible for a rash of highway shootings along I-96.

Kim Sachs was traveling from Freeland to Monroe Monday morning to visit his daughter when he was suddenly stopped by Michigan State Police on U.S. 23 just south of I-96.

"She was coming at me... with her gun drawn and pointed at me," Sachs said, visibly shaken by the ordeal. "She said, 'If you move, I will shoot and kill you,'" he explained.

Sachs said the female trooper repeated the threat two more times before finally letting him go.

"I was horrified... I thought... what did I do?" he said.

On Monday, Sachs was one of dozens of cars pulled over and searched in the area as part of a major effort to catch the person responsible for a few dozen highway shootings, with most of them happening along I-96.

"I hope they catch this guy and rough him up, but there was no reason to treat me this way," Sachs said. "I didn't fit the description," he added.

Sachs has attempted to contact the Michigan State Police Brighton Post several times but said his calls were not returned.

"An explanation as to why they did that... maybe even an apology is in order, but she needs to be reprimanded," Sachs asserted. "I think it was totally inappropriate."

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