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Man dies in shootout with police

A Sidney man was killed last Saturday, January 5, when he fired on police and they returned fire.

According to the Michigan State Police, it started about 5:12 a.m. Saturday, when two loud noises were heard outside of the Belding Police Department. An officer went outside and noticed damage to a police car. The officer saw a man entering a van, so he followed it and called for backup.

At approximately 5:20 a.m., the officer from the Belding Police Department and a Michigan State Trooper from the Lakeview Post stopped the van on Belding Road near Hawley Road. The driver of the van reportedly got out and fired at the officers. The Belding officer returned fire, and the suspect was struck. He died at the scene.

The suspect was identified as Bernard “Bud” Rowley, 55, of Sidney. At press time, a motive had not yet been released. The Michigan State Police are investigating the case.

Rowley worked for 30 years at Electrolux and retired in 2005. He currently worked at the Greenville Cinemas.

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