Suspect who drowned trying to flee from police identified.

October 14, 2019

Suspect who drowned trying to flee from police identified.


LUDINGTON — The suspect in a domestic assault case who ran from police and drowned after jumping into a bayou has been identified as Jeremy Wayne Linstrom, 44, of Ludington, said Ludington Police Chief Mark Barnett.

Ludington police officers responded to a complaint in the 200 block of East Danaher Street at approximately 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13.

Linstrom, who was the ex-husband of the 43-year-old victim, left by foot prior to arrival of law enforcement. LPD officers, along with Mason County Sheriff’s Office deputies then pursued the man who was located on East Dowland where he ran south and dove into the bayou between Washington Avenue and Madison Street, Barnett said.

“A deputy swam out after the man and was able to get him back to shore,” Barnett said. The man was tranported by Life EMS to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly before 7 p.m.

Barnett said the deputy who recovered Linstrom from the water was uninjured.

Both the victim and the couple’s 24-year-old son received minor injuries from the assault.

According to the victims, Linstrom made a prior statement the he wasn’t going to go back to jail, the chief said. “He said he was going to make the cops shoot him or he was going to kill himself.”

He hid in the back of the victim’s car prior to fleeing and “head-butted” a car window, shattering it, Barnett said.

Barnett said Linstrom “was not unfamiliar to the Ludington Police Department” and that police have “dealt with him on a number of occasions.”

Linstrom made it to the middle of the bayou in the 57-degree water, he said. He was pulled from the water at 6:18 p.m. “CPR was in progress for several minutes,” he said. He was pronounced dead at 6:57 p.m.

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