Michigan State Police soldier’s shooting at knife-wielding man was “justified, appropriate,” Monroe County District Attorney Says

MONROE TWP., MI – Monroe County District Attorney Michael G. Roehrig on Friday ruled that a Michigan State Police soldier’s actions of shooting a knife-wielding man were justified and appropriate .

At 4:21 p.m. on June 15, Michigan State Police Soldier Kyle Michael of the Monroe Post was dispatched to a 911 call in the S. Dixie Highway and Dunbar Road area in Township. de Monroe for an incident involving a suspicious man with a large knife, according to Michigan State Police.

Michael was told by motorists that there was a white man running down the street yelling at cars to “hit him and kill him,” a statement from the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office said. Witnesses reported that the suspect, an 18-year-old man from Monroe, carried a “machete-sized knife”, walked through traffic and was chasing a young woman who was rescued by a passing motorist.

Man with knife shot dead by state soldier in Monroe County, police say

Michael found the suspect on the pavement with a 17-inch fixed blade knife. As Michael exited his vehicle, the suspect slammed his drink into the ground, quickly drew his knife in his right hand and walked around the vehicle toward the driver’s side door, the statement said.

According to the statement, Michael drew his gun and ordered the suspect to drop the gun. The suspect refused and Michael ran backwards into the southbound lanes of oncoming traffic.

When the suspect was about 15 to 20 feet away, Michael shot the suspect twice in the right arm and abdomen, the statement said. Michael pulled the knife away and administered first aid to the suspect, although the suspect continued to try to push Michael away, the statement said.

“The soldier went ‘beyond’ to try to rescue before the ambulance and other law enforcement officers arrived at the scene,” the statement said.

Video released showing man wielding knife shot and killed by state soldier in Monroe County

The 18-year-old was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, where he is listed in critical condition, police said.

The total time between Michael’s arrival and the shot is about 20 seconds, the statement said. The suspect had no ID, but further investigation revealed his identity; however, he is being held pending consideration of the potential criminal charges against him.

Roehrig ruled that Michael’s use of potentially lethal force was “fully justified and appropriate in order to protect himself and the many civilians nearby,” the statement said. A witness said Michael did everything he could to defuse the situation before firing his gun, the statement said.

Beyond the simple use of justified and proportionate force, Michael’s actions were courageous – alone, in the middle of a busy street, he was all that stood between many civilians and a man with a seemingly knife determined to do harm, ”the statement said. . “It is evident that his actions were professional, representative of the highest caliber of honest and dedicated law enforcement officers who selflessly serve and protect our communities, and reflect the highest expectations of the community for ‘law application.”

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