Berrien County Gun Store Robbery and Police Vehicle Pursuit ends in 3 dead

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STEVENSVILLE, MI – On Sunday, April 15, 2018, at approximately 5:11AM, a neighbor of the Black Arsenal Gun Store called the Berrien County Public Safety Dispatch to report glass breakage. The caller was able to give a description of a gold four door SUV that left the scene toward Red Arrow Highway. The B&E was confirmed by the alarm company contacting dispatch reporting an active alarm.police

Area police agencies were advised of the situation and the vehicle description. Lincoln Township Police arrived on scene and were able to identify that several long guns were missing from the gun store.

At approximately 5:26AM a Berrien County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a vehicle matching this description on I-94 eastbound near the 27 mile marker. The Deputy activated his emergency lighting and a traffic stop was initiated. The suspect vehicle pulled to the side of the roadway. After coming to a stop the vehicle then sped off eastbound on I-94. The Deputy then pursued the vehicle with his emergency lighting and siren activated.

The pursuit continued eastbound on I-94 where the vehicle exited at M-139 and turned southbound toward Scottsdale. The vehicle continued southbound on M-139 where it lost control north of Rockey Weed Road and crashed into a large tree. There were a total of four occupants in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Three of the occupants were pronounced dead at the scene and one of the occupants was transported to Lakeland Hospital via Medic 1 Ambulance where he is in critical condition.

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office has requested the Michigan State Police to conduct the investigation into the crash. The MSP Traffic Crash Reconstruction Team was activated along with the 5th District Special Investigation Section.

The names of the victims involved in this crash are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Any and all future inquiries regarding the crash investigation should be forwarded to the Michigan State Police. The point of contact is D/F/Lt Chuck Christensen at the Michigan State Police Headquarters in Paw Paw.

The names of the victims involved in this crash are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Any and all future inquiries regarding the crash investigation should be forwarded to the Michigan State Police. The point of contact is D/F/Lt Chuck Christensen at the Michigan State Police Headquarters in Paw Paw.

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office stated “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of the victims.”