Investigators: MSP shoots, kill wanted man armed with machete

Barry County

ORANGEVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Members of a Michigan State Police fugitive team shot and killed a man in rural western Barry County Wednesday, police say.

MSP identified the man as Steven David Schumann, a 40-year-old from Barry County.

No troopers were injured.

MSP Detective 1st. Lt. Chuck Christensen said a Lansing-based fugitive team was looking for Schumann, a suspect wanted by the Michigan Department of Corrections.

“The original charge was felonious assault and then apparently absconding warrant was placed in the system as well, so that’s what led the fugitive team to be tracking him,” Christensen said.

The details of the assault case were not released.

Around 10 a.m., the fugitive team found Schumann in a car parked near a marsh on private property off Lindsey Road north of Pine Lake Road in Orangeville Township, northeast of Plainwell.

Christensen said that when confronted, Schumann pulled a weapon.

“At this point, we believe he was armed with an edged weapon. What exactly that weapon was, we are still determining that,” Christensen said, though some investigators described it as a machete.

Schumann was shot in the torso and killed. It’s unknown how many rounds were fired.

A woman in the vehicle with him was not injured, Christensen said. The owner of the property where the shooting happened told News 8 that woman is her daughter.

MSP said a team from the Fifth District in Southwest Michigan will investigate the shooting. An autopsy will be conducted and a lab will run ballistics testing.

There is no camera footage of the shooting because troopers do not currently wear body cameras. While road patrol cruisers are equipped with in-car cameras, the fugitive teams do not have any. The state budget recently signed by the governor does include money for bodycams for MSP but it is so far unclear whether fugitive teams will wear them.

Wednesday’s shooting marked the fourth officer-involved shooting in the area MSP’s Fifth District covers in the last two weeks. On Sept. 30, a Berrien County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed a man armed with a knife near the Indiana border not far from Niles. On Oct. 4, a Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office sergeant shot and killed a man who made threatening movements with a knife at a gas station near Galesburg. On Oct. 6, both a suspect and an MSP trooper were injured when shots were fired during a traffic stop near Niles.

*Editor’s Note: MSP’s initial release omitted Schumann’s first name, referring to him only by his middle name. The agency released a correction Thursday morning.

—News 8’s Heather Walker contributed to this report.

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