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Michigan State Police Hold Homicide VS. Suicide Training

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(WLNS) - Homicide or suicide, that's what law enforcement in training were trying to solve Wednesday. Michigan State Police put on the annual workshop.

As 6 News Nick Perreault explains it's a workshop that helps law enforcement train from all over the state.

The caution tape is up, but luckily today it's just for training.

"Though they may have assisted on some homicides some of these investigators are going to be the lead investigator someday so they need to know what to do when they get on scene,” said Det. Sgt. Fabian Suarez, Michigan State Police.

From interviewing witnesses to photographing the scene and controlling the media, Nathan Horan is one of hundreds across the state taking part in the Lansing training exercise.

He works for a MSP violent crime unit out of Flint and says the school's helping him freshen up his skills as an evidence technician.

"A lot of it's been different ways to improvise on a scene, like we've had different equipment malfunctions today already.”

From a camera that wouldn't work to dealing with a scene that's been contaminated and an on-scene investigator, “it makes you critically think about how you're going to walk through it, it's not going to be a one-man show, how to divide up responsibility.”

"We'd rather have an overlap than things being left out."

Critical steps that Det. Sgt. Suarez says helped him a decade ago.

"It helped me to know what steps to take from the point you arrive on the scene all the way through the end of contacting prosecutor and trying to get arrest warrants for a suspect."

 It's all to help those like Nathan Horan keep sharp, so they'll know what to do and when this becomes the real deal.
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