State Police: Man dies after trooper-involved shooting

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MACKINAC COUNTY, Mi (WPBN/WGTU) -- An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed by a trooper, according to the Michigan State Police.

The incident happened around 10:50 p.m. on Monday at a house in Hessel.

According to Michigan State Police, troopers from the St. Ignace Post and a Mackinac County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to the house for a well-being check on a suicidal person.

While officers were entering the front door, we're told they encountered a 51-year-old man who was armed with a handgun. The man, Dean Bruning, was shot by one of the troopers. The circumstances leading up to the shooting are still under investigation.

Bruning was pronounced dead at the scene.

Michigan State Police personnel were required to follow strict guidelines in the discharge of weapons. MSP policy permits officers to point or discharge a firearm in self-defense or defense of another when he or she resonably believes there is imminent danger of death or great bodily harm.

A full complete investigation of this incident is currently underway by the MSP. When completed, it will be forwarded to the Mackinac County Prosecutor's Office for review.

In accordance with department policy, the trooper involved has been placed on administrative leave.

Michigan State Police detectives were assisted at the scene by personnel from the MSP Grayling Crime Laboratory, Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office, Sault Ste. Marie Tribal Police Department and Clark Township EMS.

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