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Shooting at Zeeland Township home turns out to be suicide

Becky Vargo • Dec 5, 2018 at 10:44 AM

ZEELAND TWP. — Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Critical Response team was called to a residence in the 200 block of Patty Place in Zeeland Township Tuesday night after gunshots were heard inside the residence.

While the incident tied up police forces in the southern part of the county, Grand Haven Public Safety officers were requested to assist by covering the north part of the county.

Deputies responded to the Zeeland Township residence just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to serve a court order petition for mental health treatment, according to Sgt. J. Douglas.

The deputies made contact with the male on the porch, but the man ran back inside and locked the door. Seconds later, deputies heard a gunshot come from inside the residence, Douglas said.

The Sheriff Department’s critical response team arrived and officers surrounded the home, Douglas said. Deputies were assisted by Zeeland and Holland police officers.

Officers made several different kinds of attempts to make contact with the man inside the house, Douglas said. After several hours, they entered the home and found the man dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police are not releasing the man’s name.

Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke verified that the Sheriff’s Department requested assistance via the county-wide law enforcement mutual aid agreement.

Officers were called in to supplement the on-duty crew and cover the Northwest portion of the county so deputies could respond to the incident in Zeeland, Hawke said.

We responded to the following calls for service: 1 in Ferrysburg, 1 in Spring Lake Township, 1 in Robinson Township, and 1 in Port Sheldon Township

The incident is still under investigation.

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