IONIA, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Ionia County Prosecutor's Office says members of law enforcement were justified in fatally shooting a domestic assault suspect who led them on a dangerous chase.
Steven Goble died May 4. The chase that led to his death started when a Michigan State Police Trooper and Ionia Public Safety officers tried to pull Goble over on M-21 near 4th Street. As soon as officers turned on their emergency lights, the armed suspect fled, turning north on Jefferson Road.
During the chase, Goble's ex-wife called 911, saying he called her to say good-bye to his children. The ex-wife also said Goble told her he had a shotgun with him.
After several attempts, authorities were eventually able to use stop sticks on North State Road, and Goble turned onto Tingley Road, coming to a stop between M-66 and Hoppough.
About this time, Goble's employer called dispatch, saying Goble told him he planned to get the officers into an open field and fire on them, forcing them to fire on him.
After abandoning his vehicle, Goble walked to a field between Hubbell Road and Meade Road, repeatedly yelling at officers to shoot him and ignoring orders to drop his gun. The suspect eventually fired on officers, prompting them to fire at him out of defense. Authorities then took life-saving measures, but Goble was fatally wounded.
The Prosecutor's Office issued a statement Thursday, saying officers reasonably believed their lives were in danger and that using deadly force was the only way to protect themselves and the community. Goble's violent criminal history, his repeated threats against the officers, and his attempt to flee from officers factored into the Prosecutor's decision.