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Fake police officer incident leads to shootout in Calhoun County

FREDONIA TOWNSHIP, MI (WTVB) - A State Police trooper from the Coldwater-Marshall detachment escaped injury after being fired upon during an incident over the weekend. Impersonating a police officer and assault with a deadly weapon charges have resulted from the situation that erupted in Calhoun County’s Fredonia Township early Sunday.

A news release issued late yesterday afternoon said the trooper was sent to the 15,000 block of G Drive South to investigate. The target of the alleged crime told the officer about being pulled over by subjects using a police light application on their I-phone, claiming to be police officers.  It didn’t take the trooper long to locate the suspect vehicle, a 2005 Ford pickup truck parked in a nearby driveway. Several gunshots directed toward the patrol car were heard coming from the direction of the front yard where the pickup was parked, The investigating trooper grabbed his shotgun and confronted the suspect, ordering him to the ground until assisting officers from Marshall City and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department could respond to the scene. 

The trooper’s patrol car sustained minor damage from bullet fragments. The two suspects who were arrested are a 22 year old Burlington man and a 20-year old man from Homer.