Search for Buckley shooting suspect ends with crash and gunshots
An eight hour long search for a suspect in a deadly shooting in Wexford County came to an end Friday evening.
State police confirm that Eric Beauchamp is in custody after being shot late Friday evening.
The shooting was the final chapter in a day that had police and deputies conducting a massive manhunt throughout the county. It all began just after 1 p.m. when it is believed that Beauchamp killed a woman at a home on N. 25 1/2 Road in Wexford County.
The family of 34-year-old Lindsey Morgan of Wexford County was able to confirm that she was the victim in Fridayâ??s deadly shooting in Buckley.
Deputies also say that three children were in the home at the time of the shooting. Troopers say the suspect originally took an 11-year-old girl from the home but returned her safe and sound.
All three children were located, unharmed, and are safe.
State Police and deputies from both Grand Traverse and Wexford County then began searching a five square mile wooded area off of West 4 Road and County Line Road in northern Wexford County.
Late Friday evening, reports came in that witnesses had spotted someone matching Beauchamp's description well outside of the search area. Troopers were able to identify a car that was reported stolen out of Baldwin, and it was discovered that Beauchamp was the driver. It is still unclear how Beauchamp was able to travel from Buckley and the original crime scene all the way to Baldwin.
When authorities were able to locate the stolen car a chase began. That chase came to an end near Peterson Bridge near M-55 and 48 1/2 Road where it's believed that Beauchamp crashed the car he was driving. Witnesses then report hearing gunshots.
Weâ??re told Beauchamp was hit once in the torso and is was air lifted to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City for treatment of what was described as a serious injury.
Beauchamp was transferred to the Wexford County Jail Saturday night after he was released from Munson Medical Center.
Crime scene investigators are now able to begin their work at the original shooting crime scene now that it is no longer considered an active shooter situation.