BEAVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — No criminal charges will be filed against two state police troopers in the fatal shooting of a 63-year-old man in northwestern Michigan.
In a news release Tuesday, Newaygo County Prosecutor Worth Stay said that the troopers acted in self-defense and that their use of force was reasonable.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Helping Young Folks & Cancer Patients
Johnny King was in a small, fifth-wheel trailer when he was shot May 22 in Newaygo County’s Beaver Township. State police have said troopers were responding to a domestic dispute in the area, 60 miles north of Grand Rapids.
“Two troopers entered the trailer to speak with King,” Stay said in a release. “King became combative and pointed a rifle at the troopers. The troopers discharged their service weapons, striking King, who died at the scene.”READ MORE: Meet These Two Bear Cubs Who Have Become Inseparable At The Detroit Zoo
According to the prosecutor’s office, King’s weapon turned out to be an air rifle that resembled a firearm.
King’s uncle, Harry Pulsipher Sr., told WOOD-TV in May that police were called to the property because of a dispute between his ex-wife and King. He said King grabbed a BB gun as an officer moved toward him.
“He says, ‘I’m not leaving my house,’ and the cop started towards him and he reached up, he had a little BB gun up there, he grabbed that BB gun and he brought it down,” Pulsipher said. “That’s when the guy shot him. He didn’t point it at nobody; he just brought it down off the thing.”MORE NEWS: Delta Wants Other Airlines To Share ‘No-Fly’ Lists To Help Stop Unruly Passengers
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