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Man kills himself after pursuit in Dickinson, Menominee counties

IRON MOUNTAIN — A lengthy pursuit through two counties Wednesday ended with a man killing himself after driving into a farm field off M-69 in Felch Township.

The chase began about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday when a Dickinson County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a high-rise SUV to serve court documents. The 34-year-old driver fled at high speed through Kingsford, Breitung Township and into Norway, according to a news release from the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office.

Despite the Norway Police Department setting out “stop sticks,” the man continued east on U.S. 2 with a deflated front tire. He told 911 Dispatch and a supervisor at the sheriff’s office via cellphone that he would not stop, according to the sheriff’s office.

Law enforcement in Dickinson County decided to break off the pursuit at the Menominee County line. The Menominee County Sheriff’s Office was advised the man was acting irrationally and should be taken into custody if located.

About 4:30 p.m., the Menominee County Sheriff’s Office reported they were pursuing the man, now driving a pickup truck, who had warned officers he was armed with a handgun and long gun, the news release stated.

The driver led law enforcement on M-69 west through Hardwood, Foster City and Felch before stop sticks again were used on M-69 just east of Mattson Road in Felch Township. When he hit the sticks, the man veered off into a farm field on the south side of the highway and purposely collided with trees, coming to a stop, according to the news release.

Law enforcement set up a perimeter around the vehicle and attempted to get the man to surrender, but he did not respond and eventually shot himself. He was pronounced dead at the site, the news release stated.

The 34-year-old man’s name was not released.

The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Kingsford Public Safety, Iron Mountain Police Department, Norway Police Department, Menominee County Sheriff’s Office, Hannahville Tribal Police and Michigan State Police.

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