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Man makes death threats to Traverse City health care professionals, takes own life

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Posted at 7:29 AM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 07:29:21-05

After troopers from Michigan State Police (MSP) engaged in a stand-off and attempted to arrest a 41-year-old McBain man who made death threats to Traverse City health care professionals, the man took his own life.

According to an MSP Spokesperson, investigation of threats began in Mid-November, when the MSP Cadilliac Post was made aware of threatening letters sent to the homes of health care workers around Traverse City.

The 32-page letter which included the threats detailed why the man was so upset with the care he was receiving, as he demanded action be taken.

On Sunday, Nov. 29, the man sent an email to a health care professional, saying that if his demands were not met by midnight on Saturday, Dec. 5, he would "seek out the health care professionals and their families to kill them."

After a felony arrest warrant was authorized by the Missaukee County Prosecutor's Office, officers from MSP showed up to his apartment building in McBain around 7 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6.

Upon arrival, officers had the apartment complex evacuated before engaging in negotiations with the man, who refused to surrender.

While the man shot at MSP troopers during one attempt to approach the apartment, he ended up taking his own life around 5 p.m.

This incident are still under investigation by the MSP investigative response team.