Man Dies Following Break-In, Shooting in Antrim County
A man is dead after state police say another man broke into his home, and shot him.
Troopers say it started with a break-in call on Saturday night.
They responded and found Daniel Sutherland suffering from several gunshot wounds.
A 15-year-old boy nearby was also shot.
Now with Sutherland’s death, the homicide investigation centers around a home in Chestonia Township, south of M-66 in Antrim County.
Troopers found their suspect at a Kalkaska County home they say he got to by using a stolen snowmobile.
State police say clues from witnesses and the tracking ability of several K-9 units let troopers to surrounding a home that was believed to be hiding the suspect.
That was only the beginning.
“They could see that there was a broken window on a residence. There was four wheeler or ATV tracks in the backyard and what appeared to be snowmobile tracks,” First Lieutenant Mark Harris said.
Harris says a broken window led troopers to discovering a missing snowmobile a new trail through the woods.
“Ultimately, it identifies a snowmobile which was indicating that it was still warm so it is indicating that it had been run recently. It was in an area near a residence but kind of obstructed by trees,” Harris said.
Using SWAT teams and a helicopter they found the snowmobile in Kalkaska County, in Spencer, on Elm Street, and a suspect in a woman’s home.
“She indicates that the suspect was indeed in the house, as well, and was indeed hiding in the attic at that point. Eventually with some discussion, he came out and was arrested without incident,” Harris said.
Daniel Sutherland died.
A 15-year-old boy walking with a dog nearby was also shot, but survived.
He returned to school Monday.
“His life is hopefully back to normal as it can be right now,” Harris said.
“The 15-year-old is a very brave young man. I can’t say enough about him and the family,” Undersheriff Doug Pratt said.
The suspect is now in police custody, but is awaiting new charges.
Lieutenant Harris also said this investigation is now a homicide investigation and arraignment could take longer.
Stay with Northern Michigan’s News Leader as we update you on the investigation.