Suspect chased by police in Alger County dies

Jul 15, 2014

MUNISING, MI--   An Alger County man involved in a shooting after he led Munising Police on a high-speed chase and crashed his car Monday afternoon is dead. 

That’s according to Michigan State Police troopers, who held a press conference on the matter Tuesday afternoon at the Munising Police Department.

They say Timothy Mitchell, 47, was reportedly involved in an altercation in Christmas around 5:30 p.m. and was allegedly intoxicated when he left the scene in his vehicle.  Police spotted the car and tried to stop it, but Mitchell took off east on M-28, then turned south onto Highway 13.  The car crashed when Mitchell tried to turn onto Buckhorn road. 

Officials say after the crash there was an officer-involved shooting, but it’s unclear exactly what happened or if Mitchell was armed. 

Lieutenant Gregory Cunningham of the MSP Gladstone Post says an autopsy was performed at Marquette General Hospital Tuesday morning, but the cause of death—whether the crash or a gunshot—has not yet been released. 

The Alger County Sheriff’s Office, a State Police accident reconstructionist, and personnel from the Marquette and Grayling crime labs are assisting in the investigation.

The Munising officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure.