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Shootout in Muskegon County leaves suspect dead, deputy in stable condition

Authorities say suspect, who has not been named, fired his gun first as deputies tried to make arrest

A shootout with Muskegon County deputies early Monday morning left one man dead after a car chase ended in Ravenna nearby.

According to a press release from the Muskegon County Sheriff's office, the incident began the night before after authorities were notified of a domestic disturbance and reports of a gunshot being heard inside of a home. The suspect however had fled in Suburban Forester and had last been scene in the intersection of Apple Avenue and Creston Street in Muskegon.

A few hours later, a deputy spotted the car and attempted to make a traffic stop—that is when, authorities say, the suspect took off in the car as deputies followed.

The car chase made its way to Ravenna, where the suspect crashed into a ditch at the intersection of Slocum and Neil roads. As law enforcement approached, the suspect fired a gun in the direction of deputies, striking Deputy Joshua Hankins from the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office multiple times.

Authorities returned fire killing the suspect, while Hankins was rushed to the hospital. He is currently in stable condition and has been released as of Monday afternoon.

As is protocol in an officer involved shooting, The Michigan State Police have taken over the case and are investigation the incident.