By Mary Drier
CARO — A routine follow-up to a minor traffic accident Wednesday became a tragic situation.
At about 10:12 p.m., Michigan State Troopers Jeffrey Crofoot and Andrew Warner from the Caro Post were dispatched for a report of a vehicle in a ditch.
When troopers arrived on the scene, ambulance personnel advised the driver had walked away from the vehicle. From there, troopers followed footprints in the snow to a house and trailer along Boy Scout Road southeast of Caro in Indianfields Township.
When Crofoot knocked on the trailer door and announced his presence, a female inside responded telling the trooper to enter, explained the police report.
While Crofoot was talking to the female, a male suddenly exited from the rear bedroom while holding his hand to his chin.
As the man progressed into the room, Crofoot saw he was holding a gun to his chin. Because a weapon was involved, the trooper drew his gun while telling the man to drop his weapon.
The female walked towards the man, and they met in the kitchen.
“The suspect suddenly grabbed the female and then shot himself under the chin,” said the press release from the post. “He was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Although the trooper drew his weapon, he did not discharge it.
The incident remains under investigation.
Mary Drier is a staff writer for the Tuscola County Advertiser. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.