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Jackass Who was Catalyst for Chelsea Deaths Arrested

Jerry Lee Stacy Jr., the jackass who ran from police and necessitated Chelsea police chief Scott Sumner and Chelsea Fire Captain Matt Tuttle to aid in his pursuit using Tuttle's helicopter, has been arrested. Tuttle's chopper crashed, apparently due to engine failure, killing both men. The deaths marked the first losses of on-duty police or fire personnel in Chelsea's history. My question is, can he somehow be charged for initiating events that led to the deaths of these men? Somewhere in the chain of causality, he is the reason for their being in the air. Isn't there a crime in there?

J-- and I were stopped at the light at US-12 and M-52 last night coming home from the store, when a long processional of police and fire units came south on M-52 going into town. They were, we're assuming, an honor guard for the two, black SUVs that, to me, looked like Medical Examiner vehicles. A unit from the County Sherriff and another Chelsea policeman blocked traffic to allow the processional through, the whole time saluted by the far-too-young looking Chelsea officer. I wanted to get out of my car and shake his hand, tell him how bad I felt, how bad the town felt, for him and all the other officers and firemen.

The rock has been changed to say "Touch the face of God, Scott and Matt". Awful, terrible tragedy in this town.

And, a quick note to the Detroit TV stations: go home. You're annoying and unwanted. I didn't know either of these two, and I got a little choked up watching the line of police and fire units bearing their fallen into town. I can't even imagine how insensitive you seem to those in town who did know them. Word is you were asked to leave Cleary's; it's a rumor, but God I hope it's true.

Lastly, for anyone from Chelsea or beyond who may know, is there a fund being set up for the families? I heard that Scott Sumner had children and that Matt Tuttle had recently gotten married and I'm guessing the families could use some help. If so, either leave a comment here or drop an email to; I know both J-- and I would be happy to donate.

Freep: Chelsea mourns 2 deaths
AP Story


  1. Maybe you already have this information...I dont know....though I would pass it on

    Chelsea Area Fire Authority Headquarters, 200 West Middle Street, Chelsea, Michigan 48118

    Chelsea Police Headquarters, 104 East Middle Street, Chelsea, Michigan 48118

    City of Chelsea, 305 South Main Street, Chelsea, Michigan 48118

    Donations to the Families

    Several donation accounts have been set up. Checks can be sent to the same addresses as listed above for the cards. Checks should be made out to The Family of Riley S. Sumner or to The Family of Matt Tuttle.


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