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Trooper convinces suicidal suspect to surrender

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A Michigan State trooper is being credited with bringing a potentially deadly situation to a peaceful end.

Officials with the Michigan State Police said on Sunday, June 5 about 3:45 p.m., the Bay County dispatch center put out a "Be on the Lookout"  notice for  a suicidal suspect. They were told the man had recently left his home in Auburn, distraught and carrying a gun.

A Michigan State Police trooper spotted the car a short time later and attempted to get the man to pull over. The driver didn't stop and the trooper continued to follow him until the he pulled into the recreation park on Nine Mile Road just south of West North Union Road in Williams Township.

Additional Michigan State Police and Bay County Sheriff’s deputies arrived and secured the area.

Officials with the Michigan State police said the man was seen loading a gun and then got out of the car. He threatened to kill himself and then fired two shots into his own car.

The trooper used his public address system to give the man his cell phone number and asked him to call. The two spoke and the trooper eventually convinced the man to surrender.  

The driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment. No other shots were fired.

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