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      Benzie County man arrested on drug and firearm charges

      Officials report that 27-year-old Steven James Loope got into a verbal fight with his roommate and another mutual friend, retrieved a handgun and fired off multiple shots inside of his home.

      A Benzie County man is behind bars after he opened fire inside his home early Friday morning after an argument with his roommate.

      At approximately 1:41a.m. officers from the Benzie County Sheriff's office were dispatched to an assault at a home on Aylsworth Road in Benzonia Township. Officials report that 27-year-old Steven James Loope got into a verbal fight with his roommate and another mutual friend, retrieved a handgun and fired off multiple shots inside of his home.

      The two victims were able to escape the house without any injuries. When deputies arrived and ordered Loope out of the house, a pit bull attacked officers, and was shot and killed.

      Loope had two felony warrants out for his arrest for controlled substance-delivery and manufacture of Psilocybin (psychedelic mushrooms), and the delivery and manufacture of marijuana.

      During a search, a stolen .45 handgun was located, hidden in the suspect's bedroom that matched the description of the weapon used during the assault. Spent .45 casings along with other evidence and narcotics were also located during the search.

      The Benzie County Prosecutor issued felony warrants for weapons-firearms-receiving and concealing, assault with a dangerous weapon, and firearm used during the commission of a felony. Bond has been set at $250,000. Additional drug charges are anticipated by the Traverse Narcotics Team.

      Anyone with information or tips in involving narcotics can contact the Traverse Narcotics Team at (231) 922-0993