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18-Year-Old Man Fatally Shot by by Michigan State Police Trooper After 2-County Car Chase

A Northville Township car fire led to a police chase that ended in Northfield where the suspect was fatally shot.

Update: The man has been identified by police as Gabriel Vernon Stevenson, an 18-year-old male from Ypsilanti.

A car fire in Northville Township lead to a car chase that ended with a suspect being fatally shot by Michigan State Police Tuesday morning.

At approximately 2:05 a.m., Northville Township police officers on routine patrol found a suspicious vehicle parked on Napier Road north of Six Mile Road that had its license plate covered, according to Northville Township Public Safety Director John Werth.

Around 2:20 a.m., Northville Township Fire Department was notified of a car fire that was just down the street from that location, Werth said. The officers nearby saw a suspect running down to the suspicious car and get in.

Officers stopped the car on Six Mile Road west of Napier Road to question the suspect, Werth said. After a brief conversation with the officer, the suspect turned and shot at the officer. The officers returned fire, and the suspect pulled away and took off. Police chased the car to Six Mile and Dixboro Road in Northfield in Washtenaw County.

Due to icy road conditions, the suspect's car slipped through an intersection and crashed into a home, Werth said. Officers were joined by Michigan State Police to try to aprehened the suspect. The suspect then pulled a knife and was shot and killed by a Michigan State Police trooper, Werth said.

No one else was injured in the incident, or in the car fire.

The case is still under investigation by Michigan State Police and Northville police and no details are being released about the suspect at this time, Werth said. 

Check back with Patch later for updates on this story.

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