Hillsdale County Deputy Shot Dead; Standoff Ends with Suspect's Death

Following injuries sustained in a shooting on Thursday, a Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Office deputy has passed away. Following a standoff, authorities report the suspect has passed away.

In Hillsdale County, the shooting took place near Beecher Road and Lamb Road. Details about the incident were first withheld by the police.

The suspect, Eric Michael Fiddler, was subsequently located in Hillsdale County, close to the intersection of Culbert and Osseo streets, according to the Michigan State Police. This was around 6:15 p.m.

“Fiddler was instructed to surrender and produced a weapon and fired on troopers. Troopers returned fire and Fiddler was pronounced deceased on scene,” MSP stated on X. “We are sad to add that the deputy that was shot on scene has passed away from his injuries. We will not be naming the deputy at this time, pending notification of all family members.”

The community is not in danger, according to the police.

This marks the second sheriff’s deputy-related deadly shooting incident in as many weeks.

During a Detroit-based investigation into stolen vehicles on Saturday night, an Oakland County sheriff’s officer was shot and killed.

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Deputy Bradley Reckling and two other investigators, according to the sheriff’s office, were looking into the theft of a 2022 Chevrolet Equinox that was taken from Madison Heights’ Red Oaks Waterpark.

Reckling found the stolen car in Detroit, according to the authorities, and when the driver abruptly stopped, people got out of the car and started shooting.

Sheriff Bouchard of Oakland County described the incident as a “ambush.” Recking was operating an unmarked car without a dash camera.

He was a nine-year department veteran and leaves behind a wife and three children, ages five, four, and one, with a fourth on the way.

Three charges of lying to the police and one count of resisting arrest have been brought against an 18-year-old guy. Reckling’s murder has not been the subject of any charges.


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