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Prosecutors won’t issue charges in gun club incident

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:10 AM

In a statement released Thursday by Ottawa County Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Douglas Mesman, he said the purpose of his office in reviewing the incident was to determine if an individual acted in a careless or reckless manner that would rise to a criminal act.

“Based on that limited role to determine criminal responsibility only, it is the determination of the prosecutor’s office that no charges can be brought as a result of this investigation,” Mesman said. “There is not enough evidence to determine whether the shots that struck the individual or houses on Sept. 29 were fired recklessly or carelessly — or, for that matter, which officer actually fired those shots.”

The investigation by prosecutors was brought on by a Sept. 29 incident in which a contractor working in the Cutter Park subdivision, about a half-mile east of the gun club, was hit in the arm.

According to the official investigation, at the time of the shooting, two full-time GVSU campus police officers were training five part-time officers at the gun range. During the training, more than one bullet left the range, with one of them striking the contractor in the arm.

Mesman said during the course of the investigation, it was determined that there were at least eight stray bullets that had struck homes in the Cutter Park subdivision.

In a statement released by the gun club on Tuesday, it was indicated that the club’s Board of Directors would keep the outdoor range closed indefinitely until officials from the club had a chance to review the incident in more detail.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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