NEW BOSTON, MI – On Saturday November 7th , 2020, at 11:04a.m., the Huron Township Department of Public Safety Emergency 911 Dispatch Center received a 911 call regarding a man and woman fighting inside a vehicle near one of the gas pumps at Chapp’s Landing.
The location of the incident was reported at 35777 South Huron Road, the Chapps Landing Travel Center and Burger King Restaurant.
“Our dispatch staff did a terrific job of getting every bit of information they could from the 911 callers and getting it our quickly to area patrol staff. They never get the credit they deserve for getting our police and fire first responders to the scene quickly and safely.” -Everette Robbins, Director
A Huron Township Police Department Officer assigned to the Traffic Services Unit was actively working proactive enforcement on I-275 near South Huron Road and upon being dispatched was on the scene within 30 seconds. The initial responding officer observed a struggle occurring within the vehicle between the man and woman and immediately initiated contact with the occupants of the vehicle. The male suspect exited the vehicle with a large knife, a brief struggle ensued, and the suspect attempted to stab the officer. The suspect then attempted to flee the area on foot. The officer received minor injuries from the knife and was treated at an area hospital.
The Huron Township K-9 Unit responded within 20 seconds of the initial officer’s contact. Without hesitation, the second officer took the suspect to the ground as he attempted to flee. The suspect once again brandished the knife and officers backed away and attempted to get him to drop the weapon. The suspect then quickly stabbed himself multiple times in the chest area. The responding officers we able to secure the suspect, remove the weapon from his possession, and begin life-saving efforts.
Paramedics with the Huron Township Fire Department and Huron Valley Ambulance responded and continued with life-saving efforts. The suspect was ultimately pronounced deceased from the self-inflicted stab wound.
“I am so proud of the teamwork displayed between responding officers and fire staff. They quickly transitioned from addressing a threat to making life-saving efforts.” -Everette Robbins, Director
The Huron Township Police Department Detective Bureau and Evidence Technician Unit were called in to handle the investigation and process the crime scene for evidence. At the conclusion of the on-scene investigation, the deceased was turned over to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The subsequent investigation revealed that the suspect, a 48-year-old Canton resident, had was currently on GPS tether for a similar incident and was released from a jail outside our jurisdiction within 24 hours prior to this incident.
The Sumpter Township Police Department, Canadian Pacific Railroad Police Department, Huron Township Fire Department and Huron Township Police Reserve Unit assisted throughout the day with scene security and traffic control.
“Our investigation indicated that the initial struggle inside the vehicle between the man and woman was a fight over the large knife. Our female victim was without question fighting for her life. There is no doubt in my mind that our officer’s quick response and intervention likely saved her life. We were extremely fortunate that we had officers not only in a good position to respond quickly, but also willing to place themselves in harm’s way to stop the threat. I am extremely proud of them.” -Everette Robbins, Director
“We appreciate the patience and assistance of the owners of Chapp’s Landing as well as Burger King throughout our investigation. This was a random incident that was out of their control and should be no reflection on either business” -Everette Robbins, Director