Woman, 76, dies in accidental shooting in Roscommon County

Associated Press • Jan 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM

ROSCOMMON COUNTY — A 76-year-old died Sunday afternoon following an accidental shooting in Roscommon County.

Deputies with the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office responded shortly before 2 p.m. Jan. 20 for a report of an accidental shooting in Markey Township and found a 76-year-old woman who’d suffered a single gunshot wound.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was transported to Munson Hospital in Grayling after deputies and emergency medical responders from Markey Township, Denton Township, and Houghton Lake EMS administered life-saving measures, police said.

She was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Investigators remain at the scene of the incident and continue to process evidence. All those involved in the incident have been identified, and it’s believed this shooting “is in no way tied to the incident that occurred last Saturday,” according to a news release from the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office which adds “There is no threat to the public from this incident.”

The comment is in reference to a Saturday, Jan. 12 shooting at a home on McKinley Street in Houghton Lake that left one person dead.

Three men dressed in dark clothing with long guns entered the home and shot a 29-year-old Houghton Lake man. The man was transported to the hospital where he died. Three suspects are being sought in connection with the incident.


ATF offers $5K reward for info on West Michigan gun store burglary


NILES, MI – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a $5,000 reward for information related to the burglary of a gun store located in southwest Michigan.

The burglary occurred around 4:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at The Firing Pin, located at 318 N. 5th St. in Niles, Michigan. Investigators believe that four suspects broke into the store and stole more than 10 guns, according to a news release issued by the ATF on Sunday, Jan. 20.

The release does not state what type of guns were stolen from the store, nor does it detail any additional information on possible suspects.

A video of the break-in was shared by the ATF’s Detroit office on Twitter.

ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction involving firearms and violent crime, and regulates the firearm industry. The reward is being offered in conjunction with the Niles Police Department and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

The ATF is offering half of the $5,000 reward, while the remaining portion is to be matched by the NSSF. Both organizations are offering the reward as part of a larger national cooperative initiative in which the NSSF matches ATF rewards in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed retailers.

The goal is to work with members of the firearm industry to curb what the release called “the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.”

Anyone with information about the burglary can contact the ATF at 1-800-ATF-Guns or the Niles Police Department’s detective bureau at 269-683-0404. Information can also be sent to ATFTips@atf.gov. Tips can also be submitted anonymously using the Reportit app or by visiting www.reportit.com.


Crash shuts down NB I-75 in northern Genesee County


GENESEE COUNTY — A crash Sunday afternoon shut down all lanes of northbound Interstate 75 in Mt. Morris Township.

Genesee County 911 reported that northbound I-75 was closed from Mt. Morris Road to Vienna Road until further notice following the crash.

All northbound I-75 traffic was being diverted off the interstate and onto Mt. Morris Road.

No further information was immediately available.


One dead, mother and son injured in three-vehicle crash


GENESEE TWP. — A mother and son were injured during a three-vehicle crash that left a 35-year-old man dead Friday night in Genesee Township.

Officers with the Genesee Township Police Department were called out around 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 to the 4400 block of North Genesee Road near Roberts Drive for a vehicle accident.

An initial investigation by police has revealed a black Saturn Aura driven by the man was heading south on Genesee Road crossed over the center line and hit two SUVs in the northbound lanes.

The driver of the Aura, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Genesee Township police Chief John Mullaly noted the 17-year-old boy was in the first vehicle that was hit, with his mother in the trailing vehicle. They were heading home from an Eagle Scout meeting.

The mother and son suffered non-life-threatening injuries and both are expected to be OK, Mullaly said.

A portion of North Genesee Road was closed for more than two hours with assistance from township firefighters to allow for police -- including a Michigan State Police traffic crash reconstruction team -- to investigate at the scene.

Mullaly added weather did not play a factor in the crash and police expect to speak with witnesses in the next few days. The incident remains under investigation.


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