Michigan State Police: Suicidal gunman on I-75 was live streaming threats on Facebook
LUNA PIER, Mich. – An armed man barricaded inside a vehicle Thursday morning on southbound I-75 near the Michigan-Ohio border was using Facebook Live to stream threats against police officers, Michigan State Police said.
Police have barricaded the man inside the vehicle after chasing him from Oakland County. The interstate has been closed for hours in both directions between South Otter Creek Road and Luna Pier Road. It's unclear when it will open.
Oakland County Sheriff's deputies originally responded to a 911 call about a suicidal man in Pontiac. Deputies found the man driving and tried to stop him. He fled and led them on a chase south on I-75. Michigan State Police vehicles joined the chase at Gibraltar Road and continued south into Monroe County.
The man's vehicle was disabled by police on southbound I-75 near Gaynier Road, where he has been in a standoff with officers for hours Thursday morning. Police have shut down a stretch of northbound I-75, too, as a safety precaution.
The man began streaming live on Facebook. He was making threats against police officers, saying he would kill them or himself, police said.
State police said they are working to reach a peaceful resolution. They are actively seeking felony charges against the man.
"We're trying to negotiate his peaceful surrender," state police said. "We're here to help him, not to hurt him."
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