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Convicted Felon Facing 5 Attempted Murder Counts For Trying To Kill Michigan Police With Booby Trap

Twining, MI – A 67-year-old Michigan man has been arrested on five counts of attempted murder for allegedly setting up a booby trap and making other preparations to help him to injure or kill police.

The events leading up to Roger Allan Broadstone’s arrest began on Jan. 19, when a woman from Merritt called police to report that someone used her credit card to buy over $1,500 worth of merchandise from a Walmart store in West Branch, WNEM reported.

Michigan State Police (MSP) ultimately identified the suspect as Broadstone, a 67-year-old convicted felon living in Twining.

Troopers headed over to Broadstone’s home to interview him about the case on Jan. 20, and ended up making contact with him through an open window, WXYZ reported.

Broadstone refused to speak with them, and told them to go get a search warrant if they wanted to talk to him inside his house, according to police.

MSP returned to the suspect’s home with a search warrant and made entry into the residence, WNEM reported.

According to investigators, Broadstone barricaded himself inside the house, resisted their efforts to apprehend him, and set up a booby trap in an attempt to harm or kill them.

The suspect also allegedly made other preparations to aid his attack to harm the troopers, WNEM reported.

Broadstone was ultimately taken into custody on five counts of attempted murder, four counts of assaulting/resisting and obstructing police, one count of attempting to disarm a police officer firearm, one count of attempting to disarm a police officer non-firearm, one count of assaulting/resisting and obstructing police causing injury, one count of arson preparation to burn a dwelling, one count of placing offensive substance with intent to injure, one count of malicious destruction of police property, and one count of weapons-ammunition possession by a felon, according to WNEM.

His bond was set at $1.125 million.

Investigators said they also recovered the $1,500 in stolen Walmart merchandise inside Broadstone’s home, leading to him being charged with additional counts of illegally using a financial transaction device and using a computer to commit a crime, WJRT reported.

Broadstone is due back in court on Feb. 11.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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