Prosecutor: Trooper acted in self-defense in arrest attempt

May 31, 2018

HASTINGS, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor says a Michigan State Police trooper was justified when he shot and wounded a man who refused to drop what turned out to be an airsoft gun.

Barry County Prosecutor Julie Nakfoor-Pratt said this week the trooper acted in self-defense.

Police say the man was being sought on felony warrants and authorities got word he was in a church parking lot April 2 in the Hastings area, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) west of Detroit. Police tried to arrest him.

Police say the man got out of a vehicle, showed what appeared to be a handgun and refused to drop the weapon, so a trooper shot him. The man survived and is facing charges. Police say the weapon was a realistic-looking pistol that shoots nonlethal pellets.