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Suspect in domestic shooting found dead in garage

The Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office reported that a Brohman man died on Tuesday afternoon after firing shots at his wife and then apparently turning the weapon on himself.

Deputies were dispatched to 302 W. Pierce Road at 12:46 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3.

When they arrived, deputies were told that the 30-year-old man, Steven Burns, had fired at least two rounds at his wife. According to the police report, none of the shots struck her, but one did strike the car in which she was sitting in the driveway. The woman ran to a neighbor’s house to call police.

Sheriff deputies surrounded the house and the Newaygo County Emergency Response Team tried to make contact with Burns, who had last been seen walking back into the attached garage.

Later, when ERT members entered the garage, they found Burns on the floor of the garage, dead from a gunshot wound.

Detectives said that it appeared that the injury was self-inflicted.

Newaygo County Sheriff deputies were assisted at the scene by the Michigan State Police and Life Ambulance.






  Wilcox Township
Dog attacks sheriff deputy, who suffers hand injuries

A Newaygo County Sheriff Deputy, investigating a trespassing complaint, was attacked by a dog on Sunday evening, March 8 at a residence on Third Street in Wilcox Township.

According to a report from Sheriff Pat Hedlund, the deputy knocked on the door and announced “Sheriff Department.” A small child opened the door and several dogs ran out of the house. One of them, described as a brindle-colored pitbull, attacked the deputy and bit his hand. The deputy was able to fend off the dog for a moment, but the same dog attacked again, biting the deputy’s hand again.

“The deputy wrestled with the dog in an attempt to control the animal as a female subject came out of the house,” the Sheriff reported. “At that point, a second pitbull started attacking the pitbull that the officer was trying to restrain. The deputy was then able to release the first pitbull and retreat as the two dogs were fighting.”

An ambulance was dispatched to the scene to treat the deputy for puncture wounds to his hands. The deputy, whose name had not been released by press time, was taken to Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial, where he was treated and later released.

Newaygo County Animal Control took custody of the dog that bit the deputy. The dog was placed in quarantine.

The Sheriff said that the incident has been forwarded to the county prosecutor’s office.







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