BATTLE CREEK, MI (WTVB) - A well-armed survivalist living in a wooded area in Calhoun County is reported in critical condition after a confrontation with authorities on Friday. Sheriff’s deputies on Thursday attempted to execute a mental petition order on the 27-year-old Battle Creek man but were unable to locate him. However, around 10:40 am Friday morning, an Emmett Township Public Safety Officer observed the suspect traveling south on 11 Mile Road near N. Drive North and radioed for additional units. Deputies, assisted by The Michigan State Police tried to make a traffic stop. However the suspect refused to comply and displayed a firearm in the passenger compartment before driving away. Following a lengthy chase, the man lost control and crashed off of the roadway on C. Drive South near 13 Mile Road in the Fredonia Township. The suspect then fired a shot from inside of his vehicle suffering a wound to the chest. He was safely taken into custody with three loaded firearms being seized from the vehicle. He was air-lifted by Air Care to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo for treatment.
The suspect will be charged with Fleeing and Eluding and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. His name is being withheld pending arraignment.