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Michigan state chief dies in helicopter crash

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April 14, 2006

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Michigan state chief dies in helicopter crash

Officer Down: Riley Scott Sumner - [Chelsea , Michigan]

Biographical Info

Age: 43

Additional Info: Sumner started working at the police department in Washtenaw County as a dispatcher. After four years, he became a reserve officer, and then he worked his way up to a full-time officer. He continued to move up the ranks and served as a sergeant and a chief. Sumner is survived by his wife and two sons.   

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Sumner died in a helicopter crash 

Date of Incident: April 13, 2006

The Ann Arbor News

Chelsea Fire Capt. Matt Tuttle had gotten off duty at 7 a.m. Thursday after working the overnight shift.

But hours later, he was back in action - this time in his role as a reserve police officer and private helicopter pilot.

Tuttle and Chelsea Police Chief Riley Scott Sumner - a hands-on chief and community native - were joining the pursuit for a fugitive.

Full Story: Helicopter crash kills police chief, fire captain during hunt for fugitive

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