The Michigan State Police (MSP) is confirming that two MSP members, a detective sergeant and trooper, were shot during the execution of a search warrant related to a cold case investigation this morning at approximately 11:15 a.m. in Union Township, in rural Branch County.

When troopers announced their presence prior to making entry into the residence, the suspect leveled a long gun at the officers. They were attempting to take cover when the detective sergeant was shot in the chest and a trooper received a grazing wound to the hand.

The detective sergeant was transported to the hospital. The trooper is not seeking medical attention at this time.

Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is relieved to report that D/Sgt. Aaron Steensma of the Marshall Post, who was shot in the chest, is in serious but stable condition at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

“Thanks to the quick actions of troopers at the scene and the excellent medical attention he received from ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospital, West Michigan Air Care, and the trauma team at Borgess Medical Center, D/Sergeant Steensma is doing remarkably well for the seriousness of his injury,” Etue stated.

At approximately 11:15 a.m., Steensma and other MSP personnel were executing a search warrant at a residence on Francisco Road related to a cold case investigation when they came under fire. They were attempting to take cover when Steensma was shot in the chest and Tpr. Daniel Thayer, also of the Marshall Post, was shot in the chest and hand. The round that struck Thayer in the chest was stopped by his ballistic vest. All MSP personnel were wearing body armor at the time of the incident.

The MSP Emergency Support Team responded, and has now confirmed the suspect is deceased. No further details are available at this time, as the investigation is ongoing.

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