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April 16, 2008
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Mich. deputy, chief shot at house

By David Runk
The Associated Press

CAPAC, Mich. — A reckless-driving suspect came out of a house shooting Wednesday when a tow truck came for his car, wounding a small-town police chief and a sheriff's deputy who had come to confront the man, authorities said.

The man went back into the house, which authorities later surrounded as they tried to communicate with him. But after more than five hours, they stormed the house Wednesday evening, only to find it empty.

Police then launched a search for Don Burke, a man of about 50 who's considered armed and has a pronounced limp. They were seeking an attempted murder warrant for him.

Capac police Chief Raymond Hawks was in critical condition and St. Clair County Sheriff's Deputy Tim O'Boyle was in good condition Wednesday afternoon, said Port Huron Hospital spokeswoman Sherry Sheleny.

Hawks had been pursuing the reckless driver, with whom he'd had problems in the past, expected trouble and called for backup, Sheriff Dan Lane said.

Hawks called for a tow truck to remove the suspect's car, but when the suspect saw the truck he came out of the house with a rifle and started shooting, Lane said. Authorities would not say whether the rifle was found in the house later.

The house is about four blocks from the small community's downtown. No one else was believed to be in the suspect's home.

Hawks was shot at least twice, with wounds to his shoulder and chest. O'Boyle was grazed in the head, Lane said.

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A junior and senior high school was locked down for a short time. Capac, about 45 miles northeast of Detroit, has a population of 1,775.

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