Canton Twp. police officer allegedly slain by son at Brighton home

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Canton Township — A Canton Township police officer was killed Monday at his home in Brighton, allegedly by his son, police said.

The Canton Township police department announced Tuesday the death of Officer Edward Jagst, a 21-year veteran of the department. He was 48.

Officer Edward Jagst

It was just before 10:30 a.m. Monday when officers from the Brighton Police Department were dispatched to the 300 block of Woodlake Drive. That's north of Lee and west of Ricketts.

They responded to a 911 call from the victim's daughter, who said her brother had shot her father, and was threatening to kill himself. 

Police found Jagst shot dead in his bed. 

Brighton police say the suspect fled in a blue Ford Focus, and police were able to talk him into turning himself in. Michigan State Police and Livingston County deputies surveilled the suspect as he surrendered. The gun police believe was used in the shooting was in his vehicle, police said.

Police say the suspect has made no statements, and they do not know a motive in the shooting. He has not been named, as he has not yet been arraigned.

Jagst served on the department's honor guard for 16 years, and had been a school resource officer at Plymouth Canton Educational Park. He also had been a criminal investigations detective.

In 2016, Jagst was among a trio of Canton Township school resource officers honored with the Model Agency Award by the National Association of School Resource Officers. Canton was just one of five agencies to be so honored that year.