Man shot and killed in standoff with police - WNEM TV 5

Man shot and killed in standoff with police

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A rural Gladwin County road became the scene of a three-hour long standoff when a man started firing on police.

It ended when officers shot and killed the suspect, 50 year-old Mark Gary.

Michigan State Police Lt. David Kaiser said it all started around 4 a.m. Thursday, when officers responded to a call of shots fired.

He said Gary was walking on a road nearby and opened fire on a police vehicle using a high powered rifle.

"The police car was disabled, deputies placed it into reverse and were able to escape and called for back-up," Kaiser said.

Police said Gary then retreated into this home, where he continued to fire at officers from his front and back porch.

"The man exited the house again through the back took his high powered rifle and actively engaged troopers who were on perimeter at this time the emergency support team shot to protect themselves," Kaiser said.

As police continue to investigate what motivated this man to fire at officers, neighbors said it's not the first time police have been called to this home.

Kaiser said the action taken today by officers was necessary to keep police and the community safe, including Gary’s wife, who was inside the home during the standoff. She got out OK.

“When you're dispatched to a shots fired call and the man opens fire on you in an ambush situation, it's a life or death situation and the officers today did what they had to do to survive,” Kaiser said.

No one else was injured during the incident.

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