Two dead in Tuscola County shootout - WNEM TV 5

Two dead in Tuscola County shootout

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Photo from the Tuscola Co. crime scene. Photo from the Tuscola Co. crime scene.
This map shows the general location of the shooting incident. This map shows the general location of the shooting incident.
TUSCOLA COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Two people are dead, and a sheriff's deputy injured, after a shootout in a rural Tuscola County community.

Authorities tell WNEM TV5 that deputies responded to a home on VanGeisen Road near Reese Road, in Gilford Township, shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday.

A family member said they stopped at the house, and confronted their father, who stated the mother was dead on the floor.

The family member left the house and called 911.

Deputies and a Caro City police officer, arriving at the scene, set up a perimeter around the house.

"It appears that perhaps maybe the homeowner exited the residence, he exchanged gunfire with the officers who dispatched, he was shot, one officer was shot," said Sgt. Dave Rivard with Michigan State Police.

The Tuscola County deputies, who returned fire and killed him. One deputy was slightly injured when the suspect fired.

The deputy was treated at a Saginaw hospital, and later released. Authorities said Friday that deputy is "doing fine."

Michigan State Police will lead the investigation.

"Being a Tuscola Sheriff original on that, the state police was asked to investigate it, so we're coming in, and we'll do an investigation," said Rivard.

Authorities said they would conduct autopsies on Saturday and that no further information will be issued until Monday.

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