Suspect dies after a second officer returns fire

LAPEER COUNTY — A 47 year-old Imlay City man, Robert Charles Raymond, was shot and killed on Wednesday morning after he allegedly shot and injured a Lapeer County Sheriff’s deputy.

According to the Michigan State Police (MSP), two uniformed deputies and a detective from the sheriff’s office were attempting to serve Raymond with a felony criminal sexual conduct warrant at a home on Willis Road, just west of Brown City Road, in Burnside Township around 9:20 a.m.

Sgt. Steven Moore reported that the homeowner of the residence allowed the deputies to check the premises for the suspect upon their arrival.

“Upon opening the door of a detached outbuilding, the suspect fired upon them with a gun, striking one deputy multiple times,” Moore wrote in a press release.

“The other deputy returned fire, striking the suspect.”

Raymond was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The deputy who was shot was transported to Marlette Hospital and then flown by helicopter to Hurley Medical Center in Flint where he was listed in stable condition.

“The second deputy was not shot but is being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital,” Moore said.

The shooting remains under investigation.

Michigan State Police were assisted on scene by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office, MSP Traffic Crash Reconstruction, MSP Aviation, MSP Forensic Laboratory, Brown City Area Fire Department, Lapeer County EMS and Lapeer County Victim Services Unit.

In a public post about the incident, Lapeer County Sheriff Scott McKenna thanked the community for the outpouring of support in the aftermath of Wednesday’s shooting.

“Myself and this entire Sheriff’s Office have received hundreds of calls from citizens and businesses in Lapeer County with prayers and offering of help to the injured deputies and our men and women in uniform. I cannot put into words how much we appreciate each and every one of you for kind words and thoughts in such a tough time,” McKenna said.

He thanked all the first responders, including 911 dispatchers, for their help.

“It is always a horrible day when you hear radio traffic of an ‘officer down,’ but to see how everyone comes together to help makes me proud to work in this county,” he said.