Suspect in arson, shooting at Michigan State Police post in critical condition, police say

Police vehicles are seen damaged after an arson attack in Sault St. Marie, Michigan.
Published: Sep. 8, 2023 at 1:43 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2023 at 1:51 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WLUC/Gray News) - A person was taken into custody for allegedly lighting multiple Michigan State Police patrol cars on fire and striking them with gunfire.

Detectives said they are investigating why the Florida man lit patrol vehicles on fire and shot at them Wednesday morning.

Police said Friday that the 39-year-old man is hospitalized in critical condition. They said he was injured after shooting toward troopers Thursday afternoon.

Police said they started looking for the man after he drove into the driveway of the MSP Sault Ste. Marie post around 3:15 a.m. Wednesday and doused several patrol vehicles with gasoline and set them on fire. Surveillance images show the man then pulled a rifle out of his SUV and fired multiple rounds into and around the patrol vehicles.

The man’s motive is unknown. Detectives are working on that part of the case, the Michigan State Police says. Police spent all resources Wednesday and Thursday trying to identify and find him. After an extensive investigation and multiple tips, the suspect’s location was found on Riverside Road south of Sault Ste. Marie.

Around 1:45 p.m. Thursday, the Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team carried out a search warrant. At that time, the suspect fired gunshots toward troopers, and troopers returned fire. Police say the man was taken by ambulance to My Michigan Medical Center. No officers were injured. The man’s name has not been released.

Police said maximum charges are being sought.

Pictures from the Michigan State Police Sault Ste. Marie Post driveway show three MSP cruisers with severe fire damage and a fourth with moderate fire damage.