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Murder suspect charged after highway shootout with police

Landon Harbin was arraigned on two counts of attempted murder in connection to a shootout with police.

VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A man wanted for his mother's murder in Alabama is now charged with two counts of attempted murder in Michigan.

A Van Buren County judge ordered 23-year-old Landon Harbin held on a five million dollar bond after his arraignment Monday.

Michigan State Police says Harbin was driving a car stolen out of Alabama when a trooper spotted him Friday evening on I-94 near Lawrence. That trooper called for back-up before pulling him over.

"When the suspect got out of the vehicle, he opened fire on both the trooper and the Van Buren County deputy that was backing him up," said Lt. Chuck Christensen.

According to Lt. Christensen, Harbin emptied all the bullets from his gun before the officers were able to arrest him. No one was hurt, but one bullet did strike a passing semi. Once he was in custody, officers realized he was wanted in Alabama for the shooting death of his mother.

"When the detectives from Alabama get here we're going to work together with them to go through evidence and property to see if there's anything that we recovered in our case that may help them in theirs," said Lt. Christensen.

A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Harbin on Sept. 20, followed by a preliminary hearing on Sept. 26.

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