Police close I-75 for investigation after driver shoots self

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published July 10, 2018

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TROY — Police and fire officials closed Interstate 75 for two hours during the early morning of July 8 after police say a man suspected of drunken driving, who police had pulled over near Wattles Road, shot and killed himself before the officer approached the vehicle. 

Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said that police stopped the vehicle just after 3 a.m. 

Lehman said the driver was alone in the vehicle, which was “slow to come to a stop and smoking. The officer shined a flashlight and began a passenger-side approach.” 

“The officer had not yet made contact when they heard a single shot,” Lehman said. “It was not immediately apparent he shot himself.”

She said that the officer called for and waited for backup before approaching the vehicle. 

Troy police, with assistance from the Troy Fire Department, the Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan State Police, Madison Heights police and Bloomfield Township police, closed both directions of I-75 from Crooks Road to Big Beaver Road until about 5 a.m. to investigate. 

Police are not releasing the name of the deceased.