Homeowner shoots 2 intruders, kills 1 in Iosco County, police say

By Cole Waterman | cwaterma@mlive.comThe Bay City Times
 

TAWAS CITY, MI -- An apparent burglary in Tawas City went awry for two intruders, ending with one dead and another injured.

About 8:20 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, troopers from the Michigan State Police West Branch Post responded to a home invasion/shooting complaint in the 800 block of Fir Street. They had been dispatched after a 911 call was placed of rifle shots and a man going door-to-door with a gun, a police said in a press release.

"The initial investigation revealed the subject who was going door to door was seeking help regarding a home invasion and robbery which had just occurred in his residence," said Special 1st Lt. David Kaiser in the press release.

 

 

The 66-year-old man was in his home when two men entered, both wearing masks and brandishing hunting-type knives. The men attempted to rob him, but the resident shot them both with a rifle, Kaiser said.

One suspect, a 21-year-old Oscoda man, was dead and still wearing his mask when troopers arrived. The second suspect, a 29-year-old man also from Oscoda, received treatment for a gunshot wound on scene and then flown to a Saginaw hospital. He is expected to survive, Kaiser said.

The homeowner was not injured and is cooperating with investigators. He has not been arrested, Kaiser said.

Kaiser added it is unclear why the suspects targeted the homeowner, as there is no indication they knew each other.

The Michigan State Police Bridgeport Crime Lab responded to gather evidence and process the scene.

Once the investigation is complete, it will be submitted to the Iosco County Prosecutor's Office for review.

Police are not disclosing the deceased suspect's name until next of kin are notified. The surviving suspect's name is not going to be disclosed until potential arraignment on criminal charges.