Resident shoots home invasion suspect

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

Just after midnight Thursday morning Clare County Dispatch received a call from a Lincoln Township resident reporting that a man had broken into his home on South Old State Avenue claiming to have “just killed a cop down the road,” according to a release from Clare County Sheriff John Wilson Thursday morning.
Wilson said that when deputies arrived and entered the residence the suspect ran, breaking into a bedroom occupied by a resident of the home. The resident in the room fired a gun at the suspect, hitting him. The man was apprehended by officers and transported to MidMichigan Medical Center – Clare for treatment of a gunshot wound.

No one else was injured in the home, which was in the 2000 block of Old State Avenue.
The claim that the suspect had shot a police officer was not true the Sheriff said. “He didn’t shoot anyone.”
Wilson said later in a phone interview Thursday morning that deputies believed the man claimed to have shot a cop in order to scare the resident of the home. He said the suspect was a “parolee – abscounder” with a warrant issued against him for parole violation.

Wilson added that the suspect, whose name was not released, had just been in an accident and fled the scene on foot, breaking into the home. His condition was unknown at press time.

Michigan State Police troopers were also on the scene and have taken over the investigation, Wilson said.

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