Tuesday, March 4, 2008

MI - Police: Alcona County sex offender shot himself to death during arrest attempt

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03/04/2008

GLENNIE - Police said a registered sex offender shot himself to death near this Alcona County town Saturday night as officers tried to arrest him for several alleged crimes.

Ronald D. Dupuie, 53, had not regularly registered as a sex offender - as required by law - since 2003, according to the Alcona County Sheriff's Office.

Officers said they went to arrest him for that alleged crime, and several others, about 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Dupuie's home near Glennie in Alcona County's Curtis Township.

After trying to contact the suspect several times from outside the residence, police said they heard a gunshot from inside the home. Police took cover and requested help from tactical officers with the Northern Michigan Mutual Aid Emergency Response Team.

The response team entered the home about 11:30 p.m. and officers said they found Dupuie dead inside the residence, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Alcona County officers said they became aware of Dupuie's presence in the county after the Michigan Department of Corrections and the Port Huron Police Department informed them Dupuie hadn't registered as a sex offender for five years.

Under state law, those convicted of most sex offenses must register with police every three months, though a few sex crimes require registration on only an annual basis.



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