Prosecutor: Fatal shooting of ax-wielding man was justified

The Associated Press

Bagley Township – A prosecutor says the fatal shooting of an ax-wielding man during a confrontation with law enforcement officers at a northern Michigan home was justified.

State police investigated the July 2 death of 44-year-old Chad Williams and announced Wednesday that the Otsego County prosecutor determined the deputy who fired was acting to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm.

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Police have said Otsego County sheriff’s deputies and a Michigan Department of Natural Resources officer were serving a search warrant when Williams was shot. Police say deputies told them Williams was wielding an ax and refused officers’ commands to stop.

The shooting occurred at a home in Bagley Township, northeast of Traverse City. Police say deputies were serving the search warrant after a neighbor reported Williams was threatening with an ax.