Multiple Police Agencies Investigating Suicide Shooting on US-23

July 15, 2014

Multiple Police Agencies Investigating Suicide Shooting on US-23

7/15/14 - Police say a man who took his own life on the freeway in Green Oak Township was the same suspect wanted in connection with a stabbing incident earlier in the day in a nearby community. Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department Spokesman Derrick Jackson says deputies received a call about a stabbing in Ypsilanti Township around 3:40pm Monday and responded to the scene to find that the victim had been stabbed several times, including once in the neck. The stabbing victim was hospitalized but is expected to make a full recovery. Jackson tells WHMI the suspect fled the scene before deputies arrived but they were able to get a pretty good description of the suspect’s vehicle and issued a be-on-the-lookout advisory. Jackson says a Northfield Township Police officer spotted the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop before the suspect shot himself near Exit 55B, just across the county line in Green Oak Township. Although the Northfield officer initiated the stop, because the incident happened in Green Oak Township, Green Oak Police Chief Jason Pless told WHMI they will be handling the suicide portion of the investigation. There were lengthy back-ups reported on northbound US-23 as a result of the police activity and related investigation that happened right before the evening commute. Closures were put in place at both Barker Road and 8 Mile Road. The freeway finally re-opened to traffic around 6:30pm. (JM)

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