Far too often the police are called to domestic arguments that require the officers to sort out the truth and decide if there is probable cause to arrest or just give advice. On Sunday afternoon, November 3, Sgt. Ed Good had to do both.
According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, Sgt. Good responded to a domestic on Sarah Street, with Kent County Sheriff deputies assisting. The call came in from the woman’s mother, reporting there was a domestic argument taking place and she feared for her daughter, who called and mentioned, “He had a gun out.”
Upon arrival, Sgt. Good was able to talk to the couple without incident. It was decided they would go their separate ways, with the woman calling her family to come pick her up. The man wanted to leave in his vehicle and take some personal property with him. This property included his two long guns that were in cases.
While still on scene, Sgt. Good noticed the man, Adam Lee Dickinson, 22, returning. Knowing he was asked to leave and did so with two long guns in the vehicle, Sgt. Good went on high alert as the man pulled up. The couple had reportedly already argued about her family coming over and he told his girlfriend he didn’t want them there.
Sgt. Good drew his duty weapon and ordered Dickinson to show his hands and exit the vehicle. The man only looked at the uniformed officers and then quickly backed up and sped away. Sgt. Good decided not to pursue him, but to remain on scene to make sure the woman and her family members left safely.
The following day, a warrant was sought and approved by the Prosecutor’s Office for Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer, a one year high misdemeanor. Adam Lee Dickinson, 22, of Cedar Springs, was arrested by Sgt. Good at his place of employment in Walker. He was arraigned on November 7, and posted his bond set at $2,000.00 cash/surety. His preliminary exam was set for November 26th at 3 p.m.
“The action taken by Sgt. Good was appropriate and necessary for the safety of all on scene,” noted Chief Parent. “The decision by Adam to challenge the officer’s verbal commands and not comply was a very poor decision on his part.”