West Olive man killed in officer involved shooting

Becky Vargo • Apr 22, 2018 at 5:39 PM

A 27-year-old West Olive man was killed in an officer-involved shooting Sunday in the West Olive Estates Mobile Home Community.

The mobile home park is located a short distance east of U.S. 31 and south of Stanton Street.

The man was holding a gun to his wife’s head and ignored several police commands to drop the gun, said Capt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers shot the man and he was pronounced dead at the scene, Bennett said. The woman was not injured.

Bennett said the man might also have been involved in a fatal shooting of a 29-year-old Muskegon man Sunday morning.

That incident is under investigation by Muskegon City Police. 

Bennett said police became involved at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday when a family member texted that her daughter was in danger from her husband.

Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Holland Department of Public Safety responded to the couple’s home in the 8900 block of Brickersville Drive in the mobile home park.

Police arriving on the scene saw the man standing outside his home with a weapon, Bennett said. The man went back inside and came out holding a gun to his wife’s head.

Officers announced several commands to the man to drop the gun, but he did not, Bennett said. Officers at the scene shot the man.

Bennett said the man might have taken his wife to Muskegon earlier in the morning where he might have been involved in the death of the 29-year-old Muskegon man.

A 25-year-old woman was also injured in the shooting at the home near Merrill Avenue and Fifth Street. Officials said she was taken to the hospital in fair condition.

The couple then went back home. That’s when Central Dispatch received texts from the female stating that she was in danger and needed police help, Bennett said.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office will continue to investigate part of the incident at the mobile home park.

Michigan State Police are conducting the investigation into the officer involved shooting.

Bennett said the wife of the deceased West Olive man is cooperating with police.

Robert German, the attorney for the suspect's wife, said on Sunday afternoon, "This situation is something that could have prevented and should have been prevented."

Anyone with information on any part of the incident is asked to call Silent Observer at 1-877-88 SILENT, or leave a tip online at mosotips.com.

WZZM-TV contributed to this story.

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