MISSAUKEE COUNTY, MI – The Michigan State Police (MSP) Houghton Lake Post was called to perform a welfare check at a residence on North Seven Mile Road in West Branch Township on the evening of Saturday, April 3, 2021.
When troopers made entry into the home, they found the homeowner, 62-year-old Patricia Lynn Briggs, deceased from a gunshot wound. No other persons were in the home. Troopers quickly developed a suspect, her son, 30-year-old Adam Prichard Briggs from Lake City, and put out a broadcast alert.
Shortly after 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 4, 2021 officers from the Cadillac Police Department located the suspect vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. Briggs fled and a pursuit was initiated. During the pursuit, Briggs fired shots at the police officers. No officers or patrol vehicles were struck. Missaukee County Sheriff’s deputies assisted in the pursuit and deployed stop sticks on M-55 near M-66. The vehicle became disabled, and Briggs fled on foot.
The MSP Emergency Support Team was activated as well as an MSP Canine Team and MSP Aviation Unit. MSP Aviation located the suspect shortly after 6:00 a.m. on Sunday near a golf course deceased. MSP Emergency Support Team members arrived at the location and confirmed Adam Briggs was dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
An autopsy has been performed and the cause of death to the victim was ruled a gunshot wound. Adam Brigg’s death was ruled a suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The investigation continues and detectives are awaiting toxicology results. A motive has yet to be established.