CHARLEVOIX: Traffic stop rampage suspect Steve A. Martin shot, charged with attempted murder

What began as a traffic stop at around 7:35 p.m. on Friday Oct. 21, ended with a suspect getting shot after allegedly trying to run over a Charlevoix County Sheriff Deputy.

What began as a traffic stop at around 7:35 p.m. on Friday Oct. 21, ended with a suspect getting shot after allegedly trying to run over a Charlevoix County Sheriff Deputy.

According to the Charlevoix County Prosecutor, 63-year-old Steve A. Martin of Charlevoix was charged, on Tuesday Oct. 25, with “assault with intent to murder” as well as “assaulting, resisting and obstructing a police officer.”

According to an Oct. 25 press release from the prosecutor’s office, Charlevoix County Sheriff Deputy Nathan Kaminski conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in Hayes Township.

Sometime thereafter, Martin arrived at the scene in his 1998 Chevrolet truck.

“The suspect in the traffic stop resisted and struggled with Kaminski and another officer at the scene,” the prosecutor’s office says. “Kaminski used his taser on the subject, at which time Martin ‘floored it’ in his truck, according to an eyewitness at the scene, drove in the direction of the officers ‘really quick’ and ‘almost hit the male officer.’”

Kaminski fired three times at the vehicle, striking Martin, who stopped the vehicle immediately. According to the eyewitness, the officer fired “in self-defense.”

The prosecutor’s office says Martin has been twice convicted previously—both in the 90th District Court in Charlevoix—of attempted resisting and obstructing police officers.

At the request of Charlevoix County Sheriff W. Don Schneider, the Michigan State Police has been requested to assume the investigation of the event.

“The information we received thus far gives probable cause to arrest Mr. Martin but the investigation by the Michigan State Police is continuing at this time,” said Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof.

Assault with intent to murder is a felony which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Assaulting, resisting and obstructing a police officer is a felony with a maximum of two years in prison.

Due to his two prior convictions of attempted felonies, Martin is subject to enhanced sentencing if convicted.

Martin will be arraigned in the Charlevoix County 90th District Court at a date and time yet to be determined.