MULLIKEN, MI – At approximately 5:25 am on Wednesday May 19th, 2021, a deputy from Ionia County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a critical incident in the village of Mulliken in Eaton County. The incident occurred in the 200 block of Charlotte St.
Detectives from First District Special Investigation Section responded to investigate the incident.
The preliminary investigation indicated a deputy with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a pursuit of a stolen vehicle. The pursuit ended with a traffic stop in Eaton County. At the end of the pursuit there was a collision and a shooting that took place.
The suspect/driver of a stolen vehicle was the only occupant and died on scene. The deputy involved was not injured and has two years of service with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office. MSP Forensic Crime Laboratory was requested.
The deputy involved was dispatched to a stolen vehicle complaint and while traveling to investigate the complaint, the deputy located the stolen vehicle after a description of the vehicle was given and a pursuit was started. Further investigation indicated at the end of the pursuit, the suspect put the stolen vehicle in reverse and rammed into the patrol car which is a felonious assault to a police officer.
The deputy then discharged his duty weapon and as a result, the suspect was fatally shot died at the scene from the injuries he sustained. The suspect’s identity is not known at this time. The deputy involved was not injured and his name is not being released at this time.
The deputy is on administrative leave per Ionia County Sheriff’s Office protocol while the investigation is underway. Once the investigation is complete, it will be submitted to the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office for review.