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Chief of Police Riley Scott Sumner | Chelsea Police Department, Michigan Chelsea Police Department, Michigan

Chief of Police

Riley Scott Sumner

Chelsea Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Thursday, April 13, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 19 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Aircraft accident

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Chief Riley Scott Sumner and Reserve Officer Matthew Tuttle were killed in a helicopter accident in Scio Township while providing aerial support for officers who were involved in a foot pursuit.

The foot pursuit started during a traffic stop on I-94. Chief Sumner and Reserve Officer Matt Tuttle responded to the location in Reserve Officer Tuttle's personal helicopter to help track the suspect.

The helicopter crashed near the intersection of Staebler and Jackson Roads, killing the officers.

Chief Sumner had served as a sworn officer with the Chelsea Police Department for 19 years, and had served an additional 4 years as a dispatcher. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

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Reserve Officer Matthew Jay Tuttle
Chelsea Police Department, Michigan
End of Watch: Thursday, April 13, 2006
Cause: Aircraft accident

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Jocko, another year has passed. I have had several people ask me if I remember what took place today, and I responded with " We lost a good friend 11 years ago today". I am not amazed that people still think of you, and still talk about all of the memories they have of you. Just know that you are still on everyone's mind, and your are missed by many.

Cpl. R. Boham (retired)
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office
April 13, 2017

 

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