Man dies in Officer Involved Shooting near Houghton Lake

CRAWFORD COUNTY — A Tawas man died on Friday after Michigan State Police troopers responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch.

At about 9 p.m., a trooper and a cadet from MSP Post Houghton Lake responded to the call on northbound I-75 north of the West Federal Highway exit in Beaver Creek Township, north of Roscommon.

“It appeared the vehicle been had driven off the left side of the freeway and into the ditch,” according to a news release from the state police. “Preliminary investigation indicates the trooper made contact with the driver and believed him to be intoxicated.”

The trooper fired his gun during the interaction, “striking and killing” David Alan Stockton, 48, of Tawas. Stockton was pronounced dead at the scene. The trooper and cadet were not injured.

A handgun was recovered from Stockton’s vehicle, according to police.

The MSP Forensic Science Laboratory from Grayling and the MSP Third District Investigative Response Team, out of Flint, responded to the scene to conduct the investigation, which is ongoing.

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