Chief of Police R. Scott Sumner
Chelsea Police Department
End of Watch: Thursday, April 13, 2006

Biographical Info
Age: 43
Tour of Duty: 19 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident
Date of Incident: Thursday, April 13, 2006
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Chief 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 Road and Jackson Road, killing Chief Sumner and Captain Tuttle.

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

Related Line of Duty Deaths Reserve Officer Matthew Tuttle
Chelsea Police Department, MI
EOW: Thursday, April 13, 2006
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Agency Contact Information
Chelsea Police Department
104 E. Middle Street
Chelsea, MI 48118

Phone: (734) 475-9122