A sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a motorist during a “physical altercation” after a deputy pulled a car in western Michigan’s Allegheny County, state police said.
The officer and the man had an argument in Salem Township, northwest of Weland, when the deputy was making a traffic stop around 10pm on Thursday. Michigan State Police said the deputy fired his weapon at least once, killing the driver.
The deceased was identified as Joseph Maverick Nagle, 22, of Comstock Park.
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Lt. Duven Robinson, along with state police, told Wood-TV investigators that no evidence was found that the driver had a weapon. He also mentioned that there was no body camera or dashcam video of the incident.
Allegheny County Sheriff Frank Baker said Nagley was the only person in the vehicle. He said that after the shooting, the deputy was taken to hospital for evaluation, but his injuries were not considered fatal.
State police investigating the incident have not released details of the traffic stop and the nature of the shooting.
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The deputy involved in the fatal shooting is on administrative leave, a routine procedure following a police-related shooting, while state police investigate and the Olegan County Sheriff’s Office reviews the interview.