Abortion Protestor Shot Dead Outside School

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Officials are now investigating the apparent murder of a pro-life activist killed while protesting outside a high school near Detroit, Mich., Friday.

James Pouillon, a well-known anti-abortion protester in Owosso, Mich., was shot multiple times outside Owosso High School, where he usually displayed graphic posters of aborted babies.

Officials said there were "multiple witnesses, including students and parents to this incident."

A lead on the shooter's license plate helped police track down the 33-year-old male suspect.

While they questioned him, he admitted to another murder, though it is unclear whether the second victim had any connection to Pouillon. 

Click here to read about the FBI investigations of death threats being made to pro-life groups on The Brody File.

Long-time pro-life advocate Cal Zastrow called Pouillon a "close friend" and said he "got his martyr's crown" Friday morning.

"I talked to him on the phone this week and prayed with him before he went out to Owosso High School to minister," Zastrow said.

Pouillon had been at odds with the city of Owosso over his anti-abortion demonstrations.

In 2000, he was arrested by police while protesting on public property.  Pouillon then sued the city and two of its police officers for violating his rights to free speech and religion.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled against him, but he later appealed and won part of his case.

Pouillon remained a very well-known figure on the streets of Owosso. He staged abortion protests almost every weekday for 10 years.

Pouillon's death brings light to an increasing number of death threats against pro-life organizations being investigated by the FBI.

Troy Newman, head of Operation Rescue, told CBN News the FBI spoke with him in person Thursday in Wichita, Kan.  It's the third time he's had a face to face meeting with the FBI in the  last three months.

With Pouillon's death coming shortly after that of late-term abortion doctor George Tiller, the investigations are likely to continue.

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