BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — A man has died following a chase and confrontation with officers, police said.
While police have not released his name, loved ones tell News 8 the man is 22-year-old Andrew Blowers of Marshall.
Blowers was driving toward officers when they opened fire on him early Saturday, the Battle Creek Police Department said.
Two Battle Creek officers traveling in the same patrol vehicle attempted to stop a suspected drunken driver whose SUV was veering into oncoming lanes of traffic, police said. A chase onto Interstate 94 and other roads ensued, with speeds topping 90 miles per hour.
A Calhoun County sheriff’s deputy joined the chase, which ended when then SUV left the road and crashed into woods, police said.
As officers walking toward the SUV, the man suddenly drove toward them, and the three officers shot into the vehicle, police said. The SUV hit a patrol vehicle, then crashed into the woods again, police said.
Investigators said it’s unclear how many shots were fired, and whether any of the shots hit Blowers. Blowers died at the scene.
Blowers’s girlfriend told News 8 they had a baby at the beginning of this year and they have another on the way.