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Capac Chief Hawks shot


Another officer grazed by bullet


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St. Clair County Sheriff Dan Lane briefs reporters at the scene of a double shooting in the village of Capac. photo by Maria Brown.

April 09, 2008
CAPAC — Two police officers, including Capac's Chief Raymond Hawks, were shot in a confrontation with a a William G. Drive resident on Wednesday afternoon.

Both are expected to survive, but as of 5 p.m., the alleged shooter was still barricaded inside his home while special response team police units assembled.

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Numerous police agencies responded to William G. Dr. where a resident shot two police officers, including Capac Police Chief Raymond Hawks. photo by Randy Jorgensen.
According to St. Clair County Sheriff Dan Lane, negotiations had been initiated but there had been no contact with the man as of yet.

Lane said that Hawks had been attempting to pull the suspect over as part of trafffic stop for reckless driving. The man drove to his home, in the western part of the village limits, with Hawks following.

Hawks then called for assistance from the sheriff's department.

"'I expect problems,'" Hawks reportedly told dispatchers.

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As of 5 p.m., the alleged shooter had barricaded himself but police were attempting to begin negotiations. The suspect has yet to be identified. photo by Randy Jorgensen.
The man, yet to be identified, was known to police, Lane confirmed.

Lane said that Hawks also called for a wrecker to tow the man's vehicle away. That's when the man exited his home with an unknown caliber gun and "fired several shots," Lane said.

Two hit Hawks, one in the arm and rib cage, and two passed through the deputy's patrol car window, with one grazing the deputy's head.

Lane credits the tow truck driver who arrived on scene for pulling both officers out of harm's way.

"Both men were alert and conscious while being treated by EMS," Lane said.

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Heavily armed police officers swarmed the village after shots were fired Wednesday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. photo by Maria Brown.
As heavily armed police officers gathered at the scene, Lane said that residents in neighboring homes had been alerted to remain where they were.

Capac Schools were in 'lock down' since the incident was reported. Around 4 p.m., the district began releasing students to their parents.

The Tri-City Times will continue to post updates on our Web site, www.tricitytimes-online.com.

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