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July 24, 2013

Shooting suspect headed to court

TRAVERSE CITY — A Grawn man accused of shooting at deputies from his mobile home is headed toward trial.

Richard Radcliffe, 50, faces life imprisonment if convicted on three felony counts of assault with intent to commit murder, three felony counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, discharge of firearms at a building, felony firearm and possession of a firearm under the influence. His case was bound over to 13th Circuit Court on Monday.

Radcliffe was arrested April 7 after a tense confrontation with Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputies and Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in the 1600 block of Sunburst Street.

Court documents state his mother called 911 and told dispatchers her son was suicidal and threatening to kill officers who came inside his home. Deputies reported Radcliffe pointed an AK-47 assault rifle at them and fired multiple shots in their direction.

“Bullets were recovered from an occupied home across the street from and in direct line with the direction of the shots fired,” the documents state.

Authorities returned fire and Radcliffe eventually was knocked to the ground by a deputy. A portable breathalyzer showed his blood alcohol content was .31 percent.

Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney said a requested examination found Radcliffe competent to stand trial.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Aug. 2 at 1 p.m.

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