Thu. Aug 5th, 2021

BRIGHTON, MI – Officer Edward Jagst was at home and safely in his own bed when his 18-year-old son allegedly fired a weapon that killed the Canton Township Police officer.

Officer Jagst worked as the Plymouth High School resource officer.

Shortly before 10:30 a.m. on Monday June 21st, 2021, a call was placed to Livingston County Central 911 Dispatch by the daughter of Edward Jagst. She told the 911 dispatcher that her 18-year-old brother had just shot her father. Officers raced to the family home on Woodlake Dr in Brighton. When they arrived they found Edward Jagst had been fatally shot in his own bed.

The 18-year-old son had fled the scene before responding officers could arrive. After a conversation with his mother, officers were able to take the teenager into custody without incident. The weapon that he used to kill his father was recovered in the vehicle that he had been driving.

The Canton Public Safety Department posted the following to social media on Tuesday:

Canton Police Department mourns the loss of Officer Edward Jagst, age 48, who was killed in his home yesterday.

Officer Jagst, a 21-year veteran with the department, was an active patrol officer who participated in several special units including Evidence Technician, Training Instructor, Bicycle Unit, and as a Criminal Investigations Detective. He also proudly served on the department’s Honor Guard, standing watch over formal ceremonies for 16 years.

Most notably, Ed made his mark during the years he served as a School Resource Officer at the Plymouth Canton Educational Park. He was an inspiring and jovial addition to the Park—adored by the students, faculty and parents alike.

Ed was one of the kindest, most compassionate officers to ever wear the Canton Police badge. He made an impact on those around him in every aspect, whether it be interacting with co-workers, assisting citizens in need, or just chatting with those he came in contact with throughout his day.

“Officer Jagst was a remarkable man who was strong in his faith, and was a truly loving husband and father,” said Police Chad Baugh. “He was a shining example of love and service, and our Canton Police family, past and present, consider ourselves fortunate to have known him. Our hearts go out to the Jagst family at this time of tragedy,” Baugh adds.

MI Headlines wishes to extend sincere condolences to the family of Officer Edward Jagst. We thank you for your service to the community.

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