Mid-Michigan man dies after confrontation with officers

Suspected drunken driver reportedly drove toward officers

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – A mid-Michigan man has died following a chase and confrontation with officers, police said.

The 22-year-old Marshall man was driving toward officers when they opened fire on him early Saturday, the Battle Creek Police Department said.

Two Battle Creek officers traveling in the same patrol vehicle attempted to stop a suspected drunken driver whose SUV was veering into oncoming lanes of traffic, police said. A chase onto Interstate 94 and other roads ensued, with speeds topping 90 miles (145 kilometers) per hour.

A Calhoun County sheriff’s deputy joined the chase, which ended when then SUV left the road and crashed into woods, police said.

As officers walked toward the SUV, the man suddenly drove toward them, and the three officers shot into the vehicle, police said. The SUV hit a patrol vehicle, then crashed into the woods again, police said.

Investigators said it’s unclear how many shots were fired, and whether any of the shots hit the man. The man died at the scene.

The man’s name was not released pending notification of family.

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