UPDATE: Shooting suspect identified by police

UPDATE: Shooting suspect identified by police

UPDATE — 11:45 a.m. September 25, 2015 (EST)

A man who was allegedly involved in a shooting incident on Drummond Island with two Border Patrol agents early Thursday morning has been identified by police.

The suspect is said to be 38-year-old Aaron Furness of Woodbridge, Va. Police say that Furness was currently serving in the U.S. military. He had Michigan connections and was believed to be in the area.

Early Thursday morning, Border Patrol agents discovered footprints and tracked them to a remote cabin, where it’s believed that Furness fired at the agents. The suspect, now identified as Furness, retreated into the cabin. He was later found deceased inside the building.

An autopsy is being conducted today to determine the cause of death. The investigation into the incident is still ongoing.


 

DRUMMOND ISLAND — A suspect who allegedly shot at two Border Patrol agents early Thursday morning was found dead after standoff that lasted several hours.

Michigan State Police from the Sault Ste. Marie Post say the Border Patrol agents were fired upon at around 2:30 a.m. on Drummond Island. The agents were assisting in the search for a missing person when they found footprints and tracked them to a remote cabin when they were shot at.

Agents returned fire, and the shooter retreated to the cabin. MSP Emergency Support personnel were called to the scene. After being unable to make contact with the barricaded shooter, police entered the cabin around 11:00 a.m. and found the person dead.

Personnel from the MSP Grayling Forensic Science Laboratory are assisting detectives in processing the scene. The cause of death is unknown at this time. The incident is still under investigation, and the name of the deceased is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the incident.