HOUGHTON LAKE, MI – The man who shot a Houghton Lake State Police Post Trooper has been positively identified following an autopsy earlier this weekend. The investigation has confirmed he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after exchanging gunfire with the Trooper.
The shooting happened during a traffic stop in Lake Township around 1:30 p.m. Friday.
The 32-year-old Fenton man was identified as Douglas Robert Sawyer. Sawyer had prior arrests for home invasion, drug crimes, and weapons violations. At the time of this incident, Douglas Sawyer was a Parole Absconder and had three valid warrants for his arrest.
One was a Parole Absconder warrant resulting from his failure to comply with parole after a prison sentence for Home Invasion. The second was a felony warrant for Criminal Sexual Assault 4th Degree out of the Michigan State Police Paw Paw Post. The third was a civil warrant for child neglect.
The Houghton Lake State Police Post is very happy to report their Trooper has been released from the hospital after being treated for non-life-threatening gunshot injuries. He is resting with the support of family and friends. The Houghton Lake State Police Posts thanks the community and law enforcement partners for the outpouring of prayers, support, and well-wishes.
The Trooper’s name will not be released at this time.
This is an ongoing investigation.