MANCELONA, ANTRIM COUNTY, MI. – On Thursday morning, August 27, 2020 troopers from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Gaylord Post and Hometown Security Team (HST) responded to a fleeing suspect driving a white Ford F-150 truck with a red topper who had assaulted a Petoskey Public Safety Officer. Troopers located the suspect vehicle traveling southbound on US-131 near Baumann Road. Troopers followed the suspect vehicle traveling 55 mph into Antrim County. Stop sticks had been set up across US-131 and the suspect stopped his vehicle. Officers from Mancelona and Bellaire Police Departments assisted in blocking the suspect in using patrol vehicles. After refusing to exit the vehicle the suspect then rammed a Mancelona Police Department vehicle and fled. One of the suspect’s tires was deflated by the stop sticks as he drove over them. Police gave chase and the suspect eventually stopped in the parking lot of the Church of Christ on US-131.
The suspect refused to exit the vehicle and a standoff, that lasted approximately eight hours, began. There were four children inside the vehicle with the suspect. The MSP Emergency Support Team (EST) and MSP Bomb Squad responded to the scene. The suspected refused to surrender after speaking with an MSP negotiator. The MSP EST extricated the suspect from the vehicle and rescued the four children.
After his arrest troopers located a 9mm handgun, a .357 revolver, an over-under .22/.410 rifle shotgun combination, and a disassembled 9mm inside the rear capped area of the truck, which was accessible to the occupants of the cab via a horizontal sliding window.
The suspect, identified as 42-year-old Kip Alan Miller from Hillsdale, was lodged in the Antrim County Jail. He was arraigned today in the 86th District Court in Antrim County on two counts Resisting and Obstructing Police, and one count Flee and Elude Fourth Degree. Miller remains lodged in the Antrim County Jail on a $100,000 cash surety bond. His next scheduled court appearance is on September 9, 2020. He still facing additional charges in Emmet County for the assault of the police officer there.