Update: Two State Police Troopers Shot While Serving Search Warrant

Contact: F/Lt. Dale Hinz, Public Information Officer, 269-209-2851

January 24, 2018

Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is relieved to report that D/Sgt. Aaron Steensma of the Marshall Post, who was shot in the chest this morning while serving a search warrant in Union Township, is in serious but stable condition at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

“Thanks to the quick actions of troopers at the scene and the excellent medical attention he received from ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospital, West Michigan Air Care, and the trauma team at Borgess Medical Center, D/Sergeant Steensma is doing remarkably well for the seriousness of his injury,” Etue stated.

At approximately 11:15 a.m., Steensma and other MSP personnel were executing a search warrant at a residence on Francisco Road related to a cold case investigation when they came under fire. They were attempting to take cover when Steensma was shot in the chest and Tpr. Daniel Thayer, also of the Marshall Post, was shot in the chest and hand. The round that struck Thayer in the chest was stopped by his ballistic vest. All MSP personnel were wearing body armor at the time of the incident.  

The MSP Emergency Support Team responded, and has now confirmed the suspect is deceased. No further details are available at this time, as the investigation is ongoing.