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Man accused of burning, shooting up vehicles at MSP post charged with terrorism, attempted murder and more

UPDATE 9/18/23 3:35 p.m.

The Florida man accused of setting fire to and shooting at Michigan State Police cruisers earlier this month has been charged.

Jamie Itani was arraigned on 17 charges Monday afternoon, including one count of terrorism, 11 counts of attempted murder, one count of third-degree arson and multiple counts of weapons violations.


Troopers say Itani set fire to and shot at state police cruisers at the Sault Ste. Marie post the morning of Sept. 6. State police say he also shot at them the next day when they went to arrest him.

Itani is currently being held on a $5 million bond and is due back in court early next month.

UPDATE 9/7/23

Troopers say they have taken the suspect into custody after locating him at a property on Riverside Dr. in the Sault Ste. Marie area.


MSP says after getting tips about the suspect, a 39-year-old man from Florida, they executed a search warrant at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday. They say the man fired gunshots towards troopers, who returned fire. The suspect was injured and taken to the hospital, but is still in custody. No officers were injured.

9/6/23 4:35 p.m.

Michigan State Police said they are asking homeowners with surveillance cameras in the area to check their footage for any suspicious activity.

Troopers are asking anyone with a camera between 3 Mile Road and M-80 on M-129 to check their footage from 3:15 a.m. on for any suspicious activity or the suspects vehicle.


Once again, troopers said the suspect was last seen wearing camo and driving a silver Honda CRV south on I-75 Business Loop.

They are asking anyone with information about the attack to contact the Sault Ste. Marie post at 906-632-2217.

9/6/23 10:45 a.m.

Sault Ste. Marie Area Public Schools issued a notice regarding this active situation.


“Due to an event in Sault Ste. Marie, Sault Schools will be locked from the outside and classes will proceed as normal. Sault PD and Chippewa County Sheriff Department are monitoring the situation and will notify us when to remove the additional security measures.

“We will notify parents when that occurs.”

9/6/23 10:30 a.m.

Michigan State Police said multiple patrol vehicles at the Sault Ste. Marie post were lit on fire at around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Troopers say the vehicles were also hit by several rifle rounds. The vehicles were empty, and thankfully no troopers were harmed.

The suspect is at large and should be considered armed and dangerous. He’s described as a white male wearing camouflage and was last seen driving a silver Honda CRV. He was seen headed south on the Interstate 75 Business Loop, state police said.

State police released these images of the suspect and his vehicle:

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sault Post at 906-632-2217 or 911.

This is a developing story, and 9&10 News will update you on air and online as we learn more.

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