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Alleged shooter captured


Hawks remains in critical condition



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Donald Burke
April 16, 2008
ST. CLAIR COUNTY — Close to 12 hours after a village resident shot and injured two police officers, the 50 year-old man was finally apprehended.

Around 2:15 a.m. on Thursday Donald Burke was found hiding in a pickup truck parked at Mike Pirrone Produce, less than a quarter mile from his William G. Drive home where he fired several rounds at Capac Police Chief Raymond Hawks, St. Clair County Sheriff's Deputy Tim O'Boyle and tow truck driver Mike Thorpe at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

Both Hawks and O'Boyle were hit by the shots.

St.Clair County Sheriff Dan Lane said members of the county's special response team searched the business at the request of the owner where they found Burke stretched out on the truck cab's floorboards.

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"He didn't have weapons in his possession," Lane said of Burke's arrest.

As of Thursday morning, Burke was being monitored in Port Huron Hospital after complaining of chest pains. His arraignment on two counts of assault with attempted murder and one felony firearm charge will depend on his release from the hospital.

As of Thursday afternoon, Hawks, who turned 64 years-old the same day, remained in a medically-induced coma in Port Huron Hospital after undergoing two surgeries. His condition was considered critical but stable. Lane said Hawks was shot two or three times and cannot confirm if the chief was wearing a bullet proof vest.

O'Boyle, 50, who'd been grazed by a bullet passing through his windshield, was treated and released Wednesday evening.

Lane said it is unclear why Burke decided to pull out his 22 caliber rifle and start shooting after Hawks attempted to pull Burke over as part of a traffic stop. Hawks had requested backup and a tow truck driver at Burke's home before the shooting occured. After shooting Hawks, Burke took aim at the other vehicles as they pulled up to the home. The tow truck driver was not injured.

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