Update: Man killed, IM officer wounded in gunfight
IRON MOUNTAIN — A 20-year-old man is dead and an Iron Mountain police officer wounded after a morning manhunt that had prompted a lockdown at Bay College West and several North Side businesses ended Monday with a gunfight in Kingsford, the Iron Mountain Daily News reports.
Iron Mountain police got a report at 8:45 a.m. about a truck being driven recklessly near the BOSS Snowplow manufacturing plant east of U.S. 2 in north Iron Mountain, Iron Mountain Director of Police and Fire Services Edwin Mattson stated in a news release.
The truck then was seen going onto the nearby Systems Control property, where police found it abandoned in the parking lot. Police confirmed a short time later the truck and a handgun had been stolen from a garage on the North Side earlier that morning, according to the news release.
Believing an armed suspect may have fled into the woods, police advised numerous businesses as well as Bay College West to secure their buildings by going into “lockdown.” Falcon, the department’s police dog, was brought in for the search.
At 10:23 a.m., police learned a passenger car had been stolen from the Systems Control parking lot and had left before officers arrived, according to the news release.
About 10 minutes later, a 911 call came in that a man driving a car that matched the description of the second stolen vehicle had attempted to rob a woman at gunpoint at an East Kingsford home.
An Iron Mountain officer spotted the vehicle on Skidmore Drive and gave chase until the fleeing suspect crashed the vehicle on a private drive. The suspect and the police officer exchanged gunfire, with both being injured, the release stated.
When other law enforcement arrived within a minute, both the officer and suspect were taken to Dickinson County Memorial Hospital, where the suspect died. The officer was treated for a head wound and released, authorities said.
No names were given for the officer or suspect.
The Michigan State Police is investigating the shooting, while the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the attempted armed robbery in East Kingsford and the Iron Mountain Police Department is investigating the stolen vehicles and stolen gun complaints.
No further information will be released at this time, Mattson said in the release.