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Family of Joe Nagle: Michigan State Police reports on deadly officer-involved shooting 'very questionable'

Allegan County Prosecuting Attorney Myrene Koch is reviewing the findings and will determine any next steps for the investigation.

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. — Michigan State Police have concluded their investigation into the death of Joe Nagle, who was shot and killed by an Allegan County deputy in June.

Now, Allegan County Prosecuting Attorney Myrene Koch is reviewing the findings and will determine any next steps for the investigation.

"We want to know what happened," Jamie Nagle, Joe's uncle, says.

Nagle, 22, of Comstock Park, was shot and killed during what police describe as a physical altercation between him and a deputy.

Reports from Michigan State Police don't make sense to the family. Jamie describes his nephew as a gentle giant, who passed the police academy but didn't take the job because he didn't like guns. 

Nagle was a state wrestling champion, but Jamie says he was not a fighter.

"If you knew my nephew, he was a good boy. He was never in trouble, never anything. That's why this really makes it very questionable on how it came to this. We don't understand that. We'd like to know that way we can come to grips with [it]," he says. "I had never seen this boy angry, upset, mad, never in a fight."

Police said the involved deputy was also injured, but his injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening. He was not injured by gunfire, police said.  

MSP previously told 13 ON YOUR SIDE investigators did not find a firearm that belonged to the suspect at the scene. MSP also told 13 ON YOUR SIDE that they have been in communication with the family, but Jamie say they had not heard the investigation was complete.

"As this is going on, this police officer is on paid leave. He's getting paid to stay at home with his family. My nephew's not ever going to be with my family again. And we'll never ever have that, and be able to make more memories like we've had for the last 22 years," he says.

The Allegan County Prosecuting Attorney has not responded to 13 ON YOUR SIDE with a comment. 

MSP also said the deputy's patrol vehicle was not equipped with a dashcam, and the deputy was not wearing a body camera. 

Allegan County has not released the name of the deputy who shot Nagle. 

Credit: Courtney Riva
Joseph Nagle with his former girlfriend Courtney Riva. Joseph was killed late Thursday night by an Allegan County Sheriff's Deputy.

Family, friends and concerned community members have called on the investigators for answers. 

"If Joe was at fault, he's at fault, and we're alright with that, but if this officer was at fault, then he needs to be held accountable," Jamie says. 

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