Suspect hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries
ALMA- At approximately 8:50 p.m., Tuesday, July 10, a trooper from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post and two officers from the Alma Department of Public Safety responded to a home in the 600 block of Moyer Avenue to investigate a domestic disturbance involving a mother and her adult son.
The victim, the mother, left the home prior to officers arriving. Officers repeatedly attempted to make contact with the suspect inside the home by repeatedly announcing their presence. After approximately one hour elapsed, they made entry into the home and were immediately confronted by the suspect who was armed with a crossbow. Two of the three officers fired their weapons, injuring the suspect in the shoulder.
MSP personnel are required to follow strict guidelines in the discharge of weapons. MSP policy permits officers to point or discharge a firearm in self-defense or defense of another when he or she reasonably believes there is imminent danger of death or great bodily harm.
A full and complete investigation of this incident is currently underway by the MSP First District Investigative Response Team. When completed, it will be forwarded to the Gratiot County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
In accordance with MSP department policy, the involved trooper has been placed on administrative leave. Both of the involved officers from the Alma DPS have also been placed on administrative leave in accordance with Alma DPS policy.