New York Times Article
September 12, 2009
Anti-Abortion Protester Shot to Death
By EMMA GRAVES FITZSIMMONS
A man who had long been vocal in his opposition to abortion was shot to
death Friday morning while staging an anti-abortion protest outside a
Michigan high school, authorities said.
The man, James Pouillon, 63, was shot at 7:20 a.m. as he stood outside
Owosso High School in Owosso, a city of fewer than 15,000 people 90 miles
northwest of Detroit, the authorities said. By Friday afternoon, the police
said they had in custody a suspect in the shooting, and in a second fatal
shooting nearby, not far from the school.
Officials are investigating whether Mr. Pouillon, who had been involved
in anti-abortion efforts for decades, was singled out because of those
views. Local newspapers reported that he had been carrying photographs of
fetuses outside the school shortly before the shooting.
Prosecutors said the suspect, who is 33, targeted Mr. Pouillon because he
disapproved of the victim’s protests in front of children at the school.
“There was some displeasure with how open he was,” said Sara Edwards, the
chief assistant prosecutor for Shiawassee County. “He tended to carry big
signs with very graphic pictures of fetuses.”
Ms. Edwards said the suspect would likely be charged later Friday.
At a news conference, the Owosso police said several shots were fired at
Mr. Pouillon from a passing car. After a witness provided the car’s license
plate number, the police arrested the suspect at his home. The authorities
did not immediately identified him.
The police said the suspect told them that he had been involved in
another shooting Friday at a gravel company, Fuoss Gravel, in nearby Owosso
Township. The company’s owner, Mike Fuoss, 61, was found dead in his office
around 8 a.m.
Prosecutors said Mr. Fuoss was not involved in abortion protests and had
no link to Mr. Pouillon. The suspect was angry at him for another reason,
Ms. Edwards said.
The Owosso School District remained on lockdown until the suspect was
arrested, officials said. Parents were notified about the shooting and were
permitted to take students home.