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Alleged gunman from traffic stop shooting involving MSP trooper identified

Douglas Sawyer, 32 of Fenton, has been identified as the gunman who shot at a Michigan State Police trooper during a traffic stop in Lake Township on Friday. (Photo Courtesy: Michigan State Police)

MISSAUKEE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Investigators have identified the man accused of shooting at a Michigan State Police trooper.

The gunman has been identified as 32-year-old Douglas Robert Sawyer of Fenton.

According to MSP, Sawyer was positively identified after an autopsy over the weekend.

Investigators said Sawyer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after exchanging gunfire with the trooper.

The shooting happened during a traffic stop in Lake Township around 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Records show Sawyer had prior arrests for home invasion, drug crimes and weapons violations.

At the time of the shooting, Sawyer had three valid warrants for his arrest, according to First Lieutenant Joshua Lator.

The warrants were for the following:

  • Parole Absconder warrant resulting from his failure to comply with parole after a prison sentence for Home Invasion
  • Felony warrant for Criminal Sexual Assault 4th Degree out of the Michigan State Police Paw Paw Post
  • Civil warrant for child neglect

The trooper who was injured in the shooting has been released from the hospital after being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

His name is not being released at this time.

The investigation is ongoing.

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