MSP investigates Barry Co. shooting

10:03 AM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
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DOWLING, Mich. (WZZM) - The Michigan State Police have finished interviewing two Barry County Sheriff's deputies after a fatal shooting on Saturday.

Deputies were called to a home on Banfield Road on Saturday for a domestic violence situation and a suicidal suspect. Ralph Oliver Elliot, 41, was armed with two handguns.  Elliot gave one gun to his wife, but fired two shots with the second gun, one into the driveway and the other a "non-lethal, self-inflicted shot to the head area."  Police arrived on the scene and set up a perimeter while dispatchers negotiated with Elliot.

About 25 minutes later, Elliot came out of the house, but did not respond to deputies instructions.  Deputies tased Elliot, but the taser did not subdue him.  When Elliot reached into his front pocket, a deputy opened fire, striking Elliot twice in the hip area.  Elliot died later at Pennock Hospital.

Michigan State Police investigators say that the case is under review and further reports will come after an autopsy, toxicology reports, and further review by the Barry County Prosecutor.

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