MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – Authorities in southeastern Michigan say that officers investigating a crash found a man with fatal stab wounds behind the wheel of a pickup truck.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham says his deputies discovered a pickup that had hit a pole behind a business in Mount Clemens about 8:20 p.m. Saturday.

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The sheriff says in a statement that 22-year-old Alexander W. Burkart of Mount Clemens was in the driver’s seat with a stab wound to the chest.

“Mr. Burkart was at a gas station on northbound Gratiot – he pulled his vehicle from the gas station behind the building, we were able to see two subjects walk over to the vehicle. Mr. Burkart exited his vehicle and there was an altercation at which point we believe he was stabbed,” said Wickersham.

Burkart was trying to escape the two attackers when he crashed his vehicle into a light pole shortly after the altercation.

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Wickersham says Burkart was pronounced dead at McLaren Hospital.

The sheriff says investigators used surveillance video to identify two suspects in Mount Clemens. He says authorities arrested an 18-year-old man who acknowledges his involvement and says a second suspect remains at large.


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