READING, MI – The Michigan State Police (MSP) is investigating a shooting involving a deputy from the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Office that occurred on Wednesday April 28th, 2021, at approximately 7:45 PM.
On Wednesday April 28th, 2021, at approximately 7:45 PM, a deputy from Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on the 6500 block of S. Edon after being dispatched to a dog at large complaint. When the deputy made contact at the residence of the dog, the deputy was immediately attacked by the dog and bit. The deputy fired shots at the dog which resulted in killing the dog. The owner of the residence and dog was upset at the deputy for the dog being killed and armed with a knife, confronted the deputy. The suspect was shot by the deputy and died from the injuries.
The deceased suspect has been identified as 32-year-old Oscar Herrera. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
This was the second time within the past month that police were called to the property. On Tuesday March 9th, 2021, authorities responded to a report of shots fired. The 911 caller reported hearing yelling behind a residence before several shots were fired.
Herrera, who was intoxicated, exited the residence, began yelling and then fired several rounds from a handgun into the wooded area behind the residence.
He was arrested and lodged at the Hillsdale County Jail on probable cause charges of possessing a firearm while intoxicated and reckless discharge of a firearm, which was recovered during the investigation
The deputy involved in last nights incident has over seven years of law enforcement experience and was treated at a local hospital for the dog bite injuries. The deputy’s name is not being released at this time. Detectives from First District Special Investigation Section are conducting an investigation of the shooting, and the deputy is on administrative leave per Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Office protocol while the investigation is underway.
A knife was recovered at the scene. Once complete, the investigation will be submitted to the Hillsdale County Prosecutor’s Office for review.