Two Men Arraigned on Attempted Murder Charges in Lake County

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BALDWIN, MI – The investigation began with a pursuit initiated by Lake County Deputies, resulted in several days of investigation by a host of MSP resources and culminated with the arrest of Randy Smith   in Grand Rapids.

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Cody Haner / Randy Smith

Lake, Wexford, and Missaukee County deputies along with MSP troopers worked together to locate and arrest two men suspected of shooting at Lake County deputies during a pursuit. Both men have been arraigned in court today on multiple charges including attempted murder.

On July 19th, 2019, MSP Cadillac Post Detectives were requested by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to assist in locating a vehicle and its occupants who discharged a firearm at deputies during a pursuit.  The suspects has been able to elude the Lake County Deputies, who were fortunately not harmed, but evidence from the pursuit scene was located and collected by deputies and DNR Conservation Officers.  Later that same day, the suspect vehicle was found burned in Missaukee County. After an extensive investigation and interviews across several counties, two suspects were developed. The investigation also resulted in the recovery of a handgun suspected to have been used against the Lake County Deputies.

The Lake County Prosecutor has charged 34-year-old Randy Smith of Cadillac with two counts of Attempted Murder and one count of Accessory After the Fact to a Felony and 36-year-old Cody Haner of White Cloud with two counts of Attempted Murder.

Both were arraigned on August 14th in 79th Judicial District Court in Lake County.

Assisting with the investigation was the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Missaukee County Sheriff’s Office, Wexford County Sheriff’s Office and numerous Michigan State Police assets.

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