According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, officers from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, and City of Lakeview Police Department were in the process of serving an arrest warrant for felonious assault on a 40-year-old male, at a home in Cato Township, Montcalm County, on Friday, October 9. While in the process of making the arrest, the suspect shot at the officers with a crossbow, striking a Montcalm County deputy. An MSP trooper returned fire, striking the suspect at least once.
The deputy was taken by Aero med to Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus, where he underwent surgery, and remains in stable condition.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is not yet being released.
According to an official statement by the MSP, State Police 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.
An investigation of this incident is currently underway by the Michigan State Police 6th District Special Investigations Section.