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UPDATE Police confirm death of man who shot firearm in middle of Delta Twp. highway, threatened passersby

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Posted at 12:17 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 16:25:42-04

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Eaton County Sheriff's Office confirmed Monday a 26-year-old man has died after shooting his handgun in the air and pointing it at passersby while walking in the middle of a highway.

The incident occurred about 8:25 a.m. in the middle of the 6500 block of West Saginaw Highway when the county's 911 Central Dispatch received multiple reports of the man firing shots.

Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene to find a black male dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans lying in the middle of the highway with apparent gunshot wounds. EMS crews pronounced him dead at the scene.

A handgun was found next to the man's body. The man's last known address is in Walker, Mich., near Grand Rapids, according to a news release.

The sheriff's office's investigation indicates the man was shot by a 22-year-old Delta Township resident and licensed CPL holder who saw the violent disturbance while travelling east on Saginaw near Brookside Drive.

Reports indicate the man who died pointed a handgun at the resident. Police said the resident fired his pistol at the man from his vehicle, striking the man who then fell in the roadway.

The sheriff's office hasn't named the man who died because his family has yet to be notified of his death.

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich told News 10 the resident has been cooperative in the investigation.

Anyone who saw the incident is asked to call Det. Buxton of the sheriff's office at 517-323-8484.

West Saginaw Highway from Creyts to Canal roads was closed to traffic most of Monday morning and reopened about 12:30 p.m.

At around 11 a.m. police were seen gathering near Champion Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, just west of the Saginaw-Creyts intersection.

A message posted around 9 a.m. on Eaton County 911's Facebook page said Saginaw was closed between Creyts and Starkweather Drive.

The area of Creyts and Starkweather is just west of Horrocks Farm Market.

The story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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