Sawyer standoff

Little is being said about what happened Sunday


GWINN — The armed man who was in a standoff with police in the K.I. Sawyer area for hours Sunday night is currently in critical condition, as he was shot by an officer at the scene after firing in the direction of police, according to the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post.

The incident began when officers from the Forsyth Township Police Department and the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence along the 100 block of Crusader Street at K.I. Sawyer around 4:10 p.m. Sunday to check the well-being of a man inside the home.

However, as officers attempted to communicate with the man, he “brandished a gun and fired a shot through a window and in the direction of officers,” the press release states.

Following this, the Forsyth Township Police Department requested assistance from the Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team.

Although authorities “repeatedly gave the suspect verbal commands to put down the weapon, he refused and fired several additional rounds inside and outside of the home in the direction of police,” according to the press release.

“While troopers attempted to communicate with him again, the suspect came outside with a long gun,” and a trooper fired and struck the suspect as he was attempting to point the weapon at police, officials said in the press release.

The suspect, a 68-year-old man, was transported to an area hospital and is in critical condition, police said this morning.

The incident is being investigated by the Forsyth Township Police Department. The Michigan State Police Seventh District Investigative Response Team is investigating the officer-involved shooting and the trooper involved has been placed on administrative leave in accordance with department policy, authorities said.

When each investigation is complete, results will be forwarded to the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office for review, the press release states.

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GWINN — A standoff involving an armed man and multiple police agencies took place at K.I. Sawyer on Sunday, but no officers were injured, according to multiple social media reports and local law enforcement.

A Facebook post from the Forsyth Township Police Department around 11 p.m. Sunday read: “There is no longer a threat in the area of Fury and Crusader. We thank the community for your patience and cooperation.”

Forsyth Township Police Department and the Michigan State Police were among the responding agencies. No additional details were made available prior to press time.