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Two State Police Troopers shot while serving search warrant


The scene of the shooting, hours after it occurred. Photo from woodtv.com.

MARSHALL—The Michigan State Police (MSP) confirmed that two MSP members, a detective sergeant and trooper, were shot during the execution of a search warrant related to a cold case investigation Wednesday morning, January 24, at approximately 11:15 a.m. in Union Township, in rural Branch County. 

When troopers announced their presence prior to making entry into the residence on Francisco Road, the suspect leveled a long gun at the officers. They were attempting to take cover when D/Sgt. Aaron Steensma, of the Marshall Post, was shot in the chest (reportedly his clavicle) and Tpr. Daniel Thayer, also of the Marshall Post, was shot in the center of his chest and a bullet grazed his hand.

The detective sergeant was transported to the hospital, and the trooper did not seek medical attention. The round that struck Thayer in the chest was stopped by his ballistic vest. All MSP personnel were wearing body armor at the time of the incident.

Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is relieved to report that D/Sgt. Steensma is in serious but stable condition at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

“Thanks to the quick actions of troopers at the scene and the excellent medical attention he received from ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospital, West Michigan Air Care, and the trauma team at Borgess Medical Center, D/Sergeant Steensma is doing remarkably well for the seriousness of his injury,” Etue stated.

The MSP Emergency Support Team responded, and has confirmed the suspect is deceased. No further details are available at this time, as the investigation is ongoing.

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Michigan State Police names officers of the year


Trooper of the Year

D/Sgt. Jennifer Pintar

D/Sgt. Jennifer Pintar

Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce that D/Sgt. Jennifer Pintar of the Alpena Post is the 2013 recipient of the Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker Trooper of the Year Award. Pintar received the award at a special ceremony in Lansing last week.

The Gerstacker Award recognizes the MSP trooper or sergeant who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and a concern for giving back to their community. The late Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker, former chairman of Dow Chemical Company, created the award in 1961.

“Detective Sergeant Pintar’s exemplary work performance, leadership skills and extensive community involvement make her an excellent choice for this year’s Trooper of the Year award,” stated Etue.

A 17-year veteran of the department, Pintar is known for her extensive knowledge in law enforcement and her advanced training expertise. She has completed homicide investigation training, Medical Legal Death Investigation School, Basic Detective School, Scan Investigative School and Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation School.

She has taken a leadership role in multiple work and community-related programs. She is well-known for her efforts with Iosco PRIDE, a program that brings anti-drug, alcohol and bullying messages to school and community groups. She has received national recognition for her efforts and the program has been ranked first and second in national competitions.

Motor Carrier of the Year

MC Ofcr. Alan Oosterbaan

MC Ofcr. Alan Oosterbaan

Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce that MC Ofcr. Alan Oosterbaan of the Coldwater Post is the recipient of the 2013 Motor Carrier Officer of the Year Award. Oosterbaan received the award at a special ceremony in Lansing last week.

The Motor Carrier Officer of the Year award, sponsored by the Michigan Trucking Association since 1985, recognizes the MSP motor carrier officer who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and concern for giving back to their community.

“Motor Carrier Officer Oosterbaan’s dedication and knowledge in commercial vehicle enforcement makes him an excellent selection to receive this honor,” Etue said. “He exceeds expectations and delivers excellent service to citizens, while on and off the job.”

Oosterbaan is known for his outstanding work performance, knowledge and training. He serves as a field training officer responsible for guiding incoming officers and is a tactical combat casualty care instructor. He has completed advanced training in his area of expertise including Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement and stolen commercial vehicle identification training.

Oosterbaan graduated from the 17th Motor Carrier Recruit School in November 2011. He was first assigned to the Jackson Post and then transferred to the Coldwater Post in 2012. He is currently assigned to the MSP Fifth District Hometown Security Team in southwest Michigan.

Oosterbaan is a veteran of the Army National Guard, where he served as a combat medic. He served one tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2009, with the 1431st Engineering Company of Calumet.

Oosterbaan is a graduate of Unity Christian School in Hudsonville and Lansing Community College, where he earned an associate’s degree in fire science/emergency medical science.

Civilian of the year

Ms. Teresa Rucinski

Ms. Teresa Rucinski

Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce that Ms. Teresa Rucinski of the MSP Alpena Post is the 2013 recipient of the Floyd R. Bell Jr. Civilian of the Year Award. Rucinski received the award at a special ceremony last week in Lansing.

The MSP Civilian of the Year award is named in honor of the late Floyd R. Bell Jr., a 42-year employee of the MSP, who continuously demonstrated commitment and dedication to the department and his community.

The MSP Civilian of the Year award is named in honor of the late Floyd R. Bell Jr., a 42-year employee of the MSP, who continuously demonstrated commitment and dedication to the department and his community.

“Ms. Rucinski’s dedication and commitment both at work and in her personal life exemplify the department’s goal of providing service with a purpose, making her a natural choice for the Civilian of the Year award,” said Etue.

Rucinski is an eight-year member of the department and a 21-year state employee. In her current role as secretary of the Alpena Post, she is known for her dedication, professionalism, efficiency, interpersonal skills, positive attitude and outstanding work ethic.

In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Rucinski willingly volunteers her time to assist with planning events such as Project Blue Light, Stuff a Blue Goose and Trunk or Treat.

In her free time, Rucinski is active in Relay for Life and the Zonta Walks for Women, which benefits breast cancer patients in her local area. Additionally, on several occasions she has donated her hair for chemotherapy patients through Locks of Love. To date, she has donated a total of 76 inches.

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