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Man takes life after deputy tries to help bonding agent

December 3, 2012
Steve Schulwitz - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

LACHINE - A Long Rapids Township man who failed to appear at a scheduled court hearing took his own life after an Alpena County sheriff deputy and a bonding agent attempted to make contact with him at his residence at about 12 p.m. on Monday.

Fifty-year-old Arthur Smith appeared to make an attempt to allude the authorities by entering his truck and heading toward the highway, but after the deputy entered his own car and turned on his overhead lights and prepared for a pursuit the man discharged a single shot from a shotgun in the truck, which took his life.

Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski said the man had used a bonding agency to bail himself out of jail, but when he didn't appear for the court hearing Monday the company contacted the sheriff department to have a deputy accompany him to the home to pick up Smith. Deputy Steve Slominski went to arrest Smith, but before he could make contact a vehicle tried to leave from the rear of the home and made its way toward the highway.

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The Alpena County Sheriff Department, the Michigan State Police and the Long Rapids Fire Department respond to a call for a shot that was fired on M-65 on Monday. A deputy visited the residence of a Lachine man after he failed to appear in court. While at the door the man, identified as Arthur Smith, emerged from the rear of the house in a truck. The deputy on the scene prepared his patrol car for a possible pursuit when he heard gunfire. After backup arrived Smith was found deceased in the truck from a single gunshot wound. Nobody else was injured during the incident.

Kieliszewski said when Slominski returned to his car and put on the flashers and began to back his patrol car out of the driveway he heard a gunshot. Because Slominski was unable to determine if the shot had come from the house, or if he was being shot at from the truck, he secured himself until backup arrived. When the additional backup arrived deputies and troopers approached the truck and found Smith inside with a single gunshot wound to the head.

"We had an individual who posted a bond and today he was supposed to show up in court and didn't," Kieliszewski said. "The bond agency was coming to pick him up and prior to that they contacted one of my deputies. The deputy arrived and went to knock on the door when a green pickup drives by and the guy waves at him and then stops. The deputy got in his patrol car and turned on the overheads and backed up because he wants the guy to stop and then the deputy heard one shot."

Kieliszewski said Smith lived at the residence and there was nobody there when the incident took place. He said it appeared Smith used a shotgun to kill himself. M-65 North was closed for a brief time until the scene was secure.

The sheriff department was assisted by the Michigan State Police and the Long Rapids Fire Department; nobody else was injured from the incident.

Steve Schulwitz can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at 358-5689.



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