Police officer, deputy cleared in shooting of northern Mich. man

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Melrose Township — A Boyne City police officer and a Charlevoix County sheriff’s deputy have been cleared in the Oct. 26 fatal shooting of a northern Michigan man, officials said.

In findings released Thursday, the Charlevoix County Prosecutor's Office said the two law enforcement officers acted lawfully and appropriately, according to the Michigan State Police. It also said there will be no charges filed against the officers.

Officials with the Michigan State Police said they have closed the case.

Troopers were called to investigate the shooting of Johnathan Slattery. Investigators said the officers were called at about 2:30 a.m. Oct. 26 about a suicidal man in Melrose Township, about 15 miles south of Petoskey and about 260 miles northwest of Detroit.

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They made contact with Slattery and attempted to subdue him with an electric stun gun, police said. Slattery then pulled out a .40 caliber handgun registered in his name.

Witnesses and police said Slattery shot first at the officers and they returned fire. He died at the scene and the officers were not injured, authorities said.


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